With cooler weather moving in, now's a good time to winterize your Mid-Ohio home for the upcoming drops in temperature.
Check insulation: Insulation keeps heat inside and prevents cold air from getting in.
Add more insulation where needed, especially in the walls, ceilings and attic.
Install insulation in uninsulated areas such as crawl spaces or unfinished attics and basements.
Insulate the ductwork of your heating system to reduce energy loss through the ductwork itself.
Apply roll-type blanket insulation between beams and joists, or pellet or foam insulation in irregularly shaped or hard-to-reach spaces.
Seal air and energy leaks: A lot of heat can be lost through air leaks and drafts in your home.
- Apply weatherstripping around doors and windows.
- Inspect areas where the foundation and attic floor contact the frame of your house. Seal openings and leaks there with caulking or foam sealant.
- Seal areas around wall penetrations where pipes, wires or conduits enter your home.
- Make sure there are no loose, damaged or missing sections in your ductwork. Repair or replace as needed, ensuring a tight fit between sections. Seal connections with mastic sealant or metal tape.
- If you have a fireplace, keep the damper closed when you're not using it.
Maintain heating system: A well-maintained heating system can be counted on to work when you need it.
- Schedule a pre-season tune-up and inspection with your local trusted HVAC professional.
- Put new, fresh filters in your heating system. Check filters once a month and change them when they get dirty.
- Check vents and registers to make sure they're clean and are not covered or blocked.
- Evaluate your heating system; if replacement is the better option this year, get the job done before HVAC contractors get overwhelmed with service calls.
With more than 47 years of professional experience in the HVAC industry, Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. can be counted on for fast, expert service in Lexington and the surrounding communities.Contact us today for more information on what it takes to winterize your Mid-Ohio home and the benefits you'll see from proper winterization.
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