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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Make Your Windows Work for You

The heater is doing double time to keep you warm and cozy… but it could cause frostbite to your budget. See, even if your home comfort system is doing its job, there are nooks and crannies around your home where cold air can creep in.

One of the most common culprits is the space around your home’s windows. And since there’s plenty you can do to do prevent the heat loss, that’s actually good news…

  • Check for leaks. A good way to check for leaks around windows is to use a piece of thread to see where the strongest draft is coming from.
  • Accessorize your windows. (My spouse loves this one!) While some might be more aesthetically appealing than others, curtains, shutters, blinds and shades all keep heat inside your home while minimizing the amount you’ll lose. 
  • Update your windows. Chances are, the older your home is, the less energy efficient its windows will be. If you haven’t already done so, consider getting new windows. Replacement windows are more energy efficient.

Is Your Heater Trying to Tell You Something?

How would you characterize your relationship with your heater or furnace? Smooth sailing? Needs improvement? Neglected?
The home comfort system that takes nearly half of your household energy budget may be asking for a little time and attention. Whether you’re toasty warm this winter and how much you’re shelling out to your utility company are among the ways it communicates its needs.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Changing your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) filter once a month or so maximizes your system’s performance, minimizes its energy usage and ensures that the system keeps the inside of your home comfortable.  And this one step saves 350 pounds of CO2 each year.  If you don’t know how to change your filter, have a routine system check performed by a qualified HVAC technician (like ours!) and have him show you how to do regular filter changes in the future.  Just give us a call – we’ll be happy to take care of this for you.

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