As the heat dies down, is your home and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system prepared to handle the cooler weather? If you want to pay less for heating costs, there are simpler ways to keep your house warm and cold air out in the fall and winter. After installing thousands of heating, air conditioning systems in the Mid-Ohio area since 1965, Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating Inc offers some expert tips on getting your home ready for cooler weather.
Have a qualified HVAC professional check your home’s ducts and cooling equipment for leaks. If your equipment needs frequent repairs and your energy bills are going up because it is outdated, install an energy-efficient furnace to reduce your energy bill. For more things to consider when deciding to repair or replace your existing HVAC equipment, click here.
Seal air leaks around your house such as in the attic, basement, windows and doors to prevent cold weather air from getting in. Drafts can waste 5 to 30% of energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Place a draft stopper under your door to protect your house from the cold. Or you can weatherstrip and caulk your doors and windows to close any gaps. Add new insulation in your attic or walls to reduce heat loss.
Clean or replace furnace filters every month because dirty filters will not work as efficiently due to constricted airflow.
Install a programmable thermostat to save on heating costs or set your thermostat to 68 degrees F when you’re at home and awake and as low as 60 percent F when you’re asleep or awake.
To further insulate your home, place heavy-duty, clear plastic sheets on the inside of your windows to add a barrier against drafts while increasing your home’s retention of heat.
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Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. services the Mid-Ohio area.