22 Oct Winterize Your Dayton Home: Some Tips for the Heating Season
Winter is almost here, and for Dayton homeowners that can mean sipping hot cocoa by the fire, and, unfortunately, also dealing with stress over high heating bills. Heating bills can spike in the middle of cold months, but you may lower your bills if you start planning now.
Winterizing your home is a great way to decrease energy bills and keep your house cozy this cold season. It’s not too late to get started! Here are a few tips for the heating season:
* Seal air leaks. Air leaks are a common problem and especially in older homes. Search for cracks or gaps near windows, electrical outlets, baseboards, doors, and then seal them with weather stripping or caulk. Try using spray-foam on the larger cracks. If you need help finding leaks, schedule a home energy appointment with your heating service to evaluate the efficiency of your home.
* Get your furnace inspected. Many homeowners can assume that their furnace doesn’t need maintenance unless there a problem occurs, but all HVAC systems can benefit from yearly maintenance. Have a professional check your furnace before the cold strikes to make sure that it’s running efficiently and there aren’t problems.
* Inspect your ducts. Duct leaks can cost you, and can make it hard to keep your home comfortable in the winter. Have your ducts inspected to make sure they have been tightly sealed.
* Insulate your windows. It’s a good time to buy storm windows, which can keep drafts from creeping in this winter. If the cost of storm windows isn’t feasible, try a weatherization kit, which provides materials to seal your windows with plastic sheeting.
* Add insulation. Stop procrastinating about insulating your walls and attic. You could save significant money this winter by insulating areas that are driving the cold inside. You can even insulate some places, like the attic, on your own.
For more expert tips for the heating season in your Dayton home, contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning today.