Soon, the temperatures will be dropping and you will be heating your home to stay warm and comfortable. It is important to keep as much of the heat in your home as possible; not only to save energy, but also to prevent problems like ice dams on the roof. Simple things like replacing weather stripping around windows and adjusting dampers in exhaust chimneys can greatly reduce heat loss. Here are a few of the simple things that you will want to do to keep the heat in your home this winter:
1. Sealing Air Leaks Around Your Home That Cause Heat To Escape
Sealing air leaks around your home is important if you want to keep the heat in this winter. There are many places where air can get in your home. You want to look in places like holes for mechanical systems, such as a hole cut in a wall for a drier vent or other exhaust system. To seal these holes, you can use a can of spray from to seal around the pipe or other object in the well.
2. Insulating And Repairing Weather Stripping Around Doors And Windows
Insulating and repairing windows and doors is something else you can do to ensure heat stays in your home. Over the years' things like weather stripping can caulking can become worn out around windows. Check these materials and ensure that windows are well sealed and that they are not the cause of drafts in your home. If you want to have more insulation and less draft around windows, remove the interior trim and stuff batten insulation in the voids to stop the drafts.
3. Checking Vents And Exhausts With Dampers To Reduce Heat Loss
There are also many vents in your home that can contribute to heat loss. If you have a fireplace or wood burning stove, check the draft stops on these features to ensure they are keeping the heat in your home and not allowing it to escape. In addition, some mechanical systems may have dampers on them that also need to be adjusted, which an HVAC technician can check for you to ensure they are in the correct position.
Doing some of these simple improvements to your home can be a great way to keep the heat in your home this winter. If you need help with improvements and repairs, contact an HVAC contractor to ensure your system is working correctly.