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The cold weather is upon us! As the temperatures continue to drop, your house will require maintenance to keep it in prime condition for the winter. Below are a few things you can check around your home to make sure you are ready!

  • Furnace Inspection: Make sure you have your furnace inspected by an HVAC professional and also have them clean your air ducts. We also recommend stocking up on furnace filters so you can change them monthly to keep your furnace running efficiently.
  • Fireplace Check: Put a screen or cap on the chimney top to keep out rodents and birds and make sure the fire place is clean inside. Also, inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the Exterior: Take a look at the exterior of your home for cracks and exposed entry points and pipes and have them sealed. Take a look at your windows as well and make sure they are properly caulked so no cold air creeps in. Lastly, make sure your home is properly insulated so you can stay warm all winter!
  • These are easy tips that you can do around your home to make sure you are fully prepared for the cold months ahead! To get a furnace tune-up for the winter call your HVAC professional, they’ll be happy to help!

    Windows and doors are just as important to your HVAC as the system itself. If you don’t have sealed or proper fitting windows and doors, dollars could be flying out of them every day and forcing your HVAC to work harder and less efficiently.

    Windows in particular can allow a huge amount of heat energy to escape. Depending on the type of construction and fittings, windows can make up 27 percent of a home’s overall energy consumption. But it is not only window glazing that is important. Major heat loss also occurs especially around window frames. Here’s a simple test you can perform to see if your windows are sealed tightly:

    Tip: It’s easy to check your windows

    Close the window on a piece of paper, clamping it between the window and the frame. If the paper is easy to remove, the seal is not tight. Repeat this test in various locations. Now you can use a lighted candle to easily find the spots that are letting air through. These checks are even easier when it is windy or cold outside.

    The cold air that enters the home through gaps in windows and doors that do not seal properly must later be heated to room temperature. This costs energy, and with it, money. But help is at hand, in an easy-to-install form that does not even necessitate replacing the windows. Windows and doors can be sealed with elastic sealing strips, gaps beneath doors with sealing brushes or moldings.