You may have appreciated the cool air your home comfort system provided this summer, but it won’t be welcome when cold winter weather comes knocking at your door. Don’t invite cold air inside, and don’t let your home’s warm air escape to the outside. Before you switch your furnace to ON:
Winterize your Pinehurst home.
Caulk and weatherstrip around doors and windows. This simple task makes a world of difference not only for your comfort, but also for your home’s energy efficiency. The more energy-efficient your home is, the less you pay for utility bills.
Seal leaky ducts. Joints where duct sections are connected should be sealed with mastic, not duct tape. Over time, tape deteriorates and cracks or falls away from ductwork, which allows conditioned air to escape your Pinehurst home.
Insulate your attic. Attic insulation helps winterize your home by providing a barrier that prevents heat loss from your home into the unconditioned space overhead. Don’t forget to apply weatherstripping around the attic hatch or access door.
Close your fireplace damper when not in use. This small step is often overlooked. If you leave the damper open when your fireplace is not being used, it’s like leaving a window open inside your house. Warm air will be drawn outside, and your heating system will work overtime to maintain a constant inside temperature.
Schedule a home energy audit. Have a professional Pinehurst HVAC contractor assess energy needs and recommend ways you can boost energy efficiency. Your technician should evaluate the interior and exterior of your home and provide a comprehensive energy evaluation.
Blanton’s Heating & Air has served the HVAC needs of Pinehurst since 1951. Please call us with any questions you have about how to winterize your home. We’ll help keep your warm and toasty this winter.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Pinehurst, North Carolina and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).