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Here's How To Ensure Home Energy Efficiency Over The Winter

Be prepared for winter weather by using this checklist, and you’ll ensure home energy efficiency and comfort all season long. 

Home energy efficiency checklist

  • Roof, gutter and downspouts: Clean the roof, gutters and downspouts of leaves, pine needles and other debris. Inspect downspout for loose sections. Inspect the flashing around the chimney.
  • Seal leaks: Check all windows and doors for cracks and leaks. Caulk leaks and cracks around windows. Use foam spray for larger gaps. Install weatherstripping around doors as needed. Add weatherstripping to the attic hatch for a tight seal.
  • Insulation: If you have one layer of insulation in the attic, consider adding a second layer on top. Make sure that the second layer is equal in density, or lighter, to prevent the top layer from compressing the first layer. A well-sealed and insulated attic prevents ice dams on the roof.
  • Furnace: If you haven't done so already, test your furnace before the heating season gets in high gear. If there's a bad odor for an extended period of time, call your HVAC professional to service your furnace (which is an excellent idea every year for optimal efficiency and comfort).
  • Ductwork: Visually inspect your ductwork for leaks and damage. Leaks should be sealed with mastic sealant and/or metal tape. Check connections at registers and grilles. Check air pressure at each register. If airflow seems uneven, call your HVAC pro for a thorough inspection and repair.
  • Air filter: Clean or change your air filter.
  • Fireplace: Clean out any ashes. Open and close the damper to check the springs and handle. Clear the chimney cap of leaves and debris to prevent a fire on the roof. If you haven’t had a chimney sweep in recent years, now's the time to call in a professional. A professional can check for leaks and cracks, check gas line integrity, and make appropriate repairs if needed.
  • Smoke and CO detectors: Check batteries and function of smoke detectors and CO detectors. This step can not be overlooked.

For more information, contact Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating. We’ve helped Mid-Ohio homeowners with home energy efficiency since 1965.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Mid-Ohio area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about energy efficiency and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

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