As the temperatures begin to get colder, it is important to do your part to support your home’s heating system. With a few simple actions to minimize heat loss, you can stay warm all winter long. Minimizing heat loss will also help your heater to perform more effectively and more efficiently to lower energy bills while not sacrificing on comfort.
Close Unused Vents
To help maximize on the heat you’re getting, take a moment to go through your house and close any vents that are not used. By closing air vents in rooms that are rarely used or even in rooms that typically get too warm, you can reduce the amount of heat that is wasted in the home and make the most of that heat in the most used areas. If those rooms start to feel too cold, you can simply go back through and reopen the vents.
Seal Windows And Doors
The biggest culprits for lost heat in a home are doors and windows that are not sealed properly. When not sealed well, doors and windows will allow warm air to leak out and cold air to leak in. Make sure that weather stripping and caulking are not cracked, worn, or loose. If either is in poor condition, be sure to recaulk to seal leaks or purchase a weather stripping kit to limit the how much cold air is able to get into the home. You may also consider buying inexpensive draft stoppers that can be placed at the bottom of your front or back doors to stop air from leaking in or out even more.
Have Your Duct Work And Vents Inspected
If your ductwork and air vents are obstructed or damaged, you will inevitably lose heat as air passes through or as it is unable to pass through. This also forces your furnace to work harder. Go through your home and check that air vents are not blocked by furniture or other belongings. If you notice poor airflow, it may be a good idea to have your ductwork inspected or even cleaned. Ducts that run through colder areas of the home such as a crawlspace, basement, or attic can also be wrapped with insulation to minimize potential heat loss.
Maintain Your Furnace
One of the best ways to avoid heat loss and improve energy efficiency is to schedule furnace maintenance each year. Having your furnace inspected, cleaned, and maintained will ensure that it continues to function at an optimal level.
For more tips on how to minimize heat loss in your home or to schedule annual furnace maintenance, call Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC, & Plumbing today at (702) 433-5008.
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