Winter is fast-approaching and you might already be searching the Internet for ways to keep your home and family safe and warm throughout the season.
Following these painless and straightforward tips to ready your home for the cold outdoor temperatures can go a long way in keeping your home warm and toasty this winter.
Caulking or Weatherstripping
Caulk is a flexible material used to seal air leaks through cracks, gaps, or joints in stationary materials. A weatherstrip, however, is used for sealing movable components like doors and windows.
According to the Department of Energy (DOE), caulking your window frames and other cracks and gaps that can potentially let air escape is necessary especially on times approaching the cold season, as it helps keep warm air indoor which consequently decrease energy wastage and improve savings.
Insulate Water Pipes and Attic
Make sure to wrap the hot water pipes in your home’s crawl spaces or basement with insulation sleeves.
This is yet another tip adviced by the DOE, they stated that insulated hot water pipes can reduce heat loss and raise the water temperature to 2°F–4°F than uninsulated pipes. This will allow you to lower your water temperature setting and to conserve water and save energy bills.
In addition, having attic insulation helps trap heat in your home during the cold season. This will help your furnace to not run as much and will, therefore, help you save on heating costs.
Clean the Heating Venting Systems
Cleaning the chimney and other venting systems connected to furnaces, stove and other heating appliances is necessary to create and maintain a safer operation.
Unclean venting systems can lead to the release of the harmful carbon monoxide. Also, the accumulation of blockages and soot in your vents can reduce the draw and efficiency of your heating systems. In chimneys, a sweep is crucial to prevent creosote build-up which can potentially ignite a fire.
Remove blockage on Vent and Air Returns
During Winter, heat should be easily released throughout your home through unobstructed air vents. This will ensure warm indoor air is flowing into your home for utmost efficiency.
You should also consider taking out things that interfere with your cold air returns. Intentionally blocking it, thinking it will keep the cold air outside, will only impedes air to flow easily and thus contribute to an inefficient furnace system operation.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Since Carbon Monoxide (CO) isn’t detectable due to being odourless, installing Carbon Monoxide detectors to every floor of your home is very important. If you ever think of skipping this, think again! In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 20,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning to which 400 dies making it the leading cause of poisoning deaths in North America.
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You might think that your furnace is operating just fine and there’s no need for a furnace tune-up. Unfortunately, problems in your furnace are not always noticeable and an easy maintenance sweep can go a long way to help you save energy money, prevent costly repairs, promote safety and enhance comfort. Also, this will not only help you stay warm all cold-weather long but throughout the year.
In a separate blog, we discussed in details why you need to tune-up your furnace annually and how to do it yourself.
Use Thermal/ Dense Curtains and Rugs
Using thermal or dense curtains can help retain the warm air brought in by your furnace inside your home. Utilizing light curtains or worse, no curtains at all makes it easier to lose heat through the windows.
Same applies with laying rugs on the floor, it will help you stay a little warmer during low temperatures and helps make your cold floor less miserable to walk on.
Replace Air Filters
Aside from the boost in your furnace’s efficiency to help you keep you extra warm for the season and save you energy bills, installing new furnace duct air filter will also improve the well-being of your indoor air to aid keep your family in good health.
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Invest in a Humidifier
More humidity, especially in places with freezing Winters, can result in your home’s indoor air feeling warmer than it is.
You will reap countless benefits with home humidifiers aside from enhancing indoor comfort like decreasing dry skin and static.
.. and a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable and smart thermostats will let you schedule and adjust heating/cooling preference that is best suited for your home leading to a decreased energy use and bill. This offers your home great savings, comfort, ease, and efficiency.
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Now, here are more simple tips that may seem unimportant but will help you improve your home’s comfort and safety BIG time.
- Keep your heating system’s flue closed when not in use, and open or unclogged before starting the unit.
- Drain the water pipes if you will be on out of your home during the cold season.
- Keep the cabinet doors open overnight to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Don’t try to use unreliable heating methods like an oven, grill, or camp stove to heat your home.
- Keep all possible sources of combustion over three feet away from space heaters, stoves, furnaces or fireplaces.
- Don’t leave your heating system on while leaving it unattended.
Winterize your home now. Stay warm and cozy throughout the season but most especially keep safe and comfortable throughout the year. ACEHVACPARTS has all your heating needs and more to give you the peace of mind that your family will be safe and warm every day, winter or not.
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