We don’t think there’s a single person who enjoys being cold, especially in their own home. Thankfully, we have the luxury of modern heating systems to keep us warm during the winter months. That’s not to say you should just crank the heat up all the way whenever you’re feeling a little uncomfortable.
If you find yourself having to turn the thermostat higher than normal, and/or you feel drafts running through your home, you should make sure your home is properly prepared for the winter months. Here are a few ways you can keep your home a little more heat efficient.
Even when a window is closed, it can let the cold in. Glass tends to radiate extreme temperatures. Some thick curtains can help keep the cold from entering your home, but a more sure-fire way is to wrap plastic across your windows.
Not only does this lock in the cold coming from the glass, but it also blocks potential drafts you might have in your window.
Looking to upgrade one or more entry doors soon? Consider investing in some insulated doors. They keep your home more efficient in the summer and winter. On top of that, they’re better at keeping out sound.
While they do cost a little more, they’re long lasting and many consider them to be well worth the investment.
Rooftops and attics tend to be common places for cold air to seep in. That’s why you need to make sure they’re extra insulated. The EPA recommends that attics have R-38 insulation in place, which is around 10-14 inches thick.
Check your attic and make sure it’s up to code. You’ll be surprised by how much difference a little extra insulation can make.
In order for your heating system to do its job, it needs to be able to actually spread heat throughout your home. People often place furniture in front or on top of heating vents, reducing their effectiveness. Make sure your vents (or radiators) aren’t blocked.
Also, if one room is always particularly warm, consider closing (or partially closing) its vent. That should help keep things balanced.
Over time, your air ducts build up dust and debris. Not only can this leave your air and home’s surfaces dirtier, but it can impact the ability to control your home’s temperature. Cleaning your air ducts and heating/cooling system can improve efficiency and reduce wear.
Your ducts should be inspected and cleaned every 3 to 5 years by a NADCA certified member.
For air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, and radon mitigation in Dayton, Ohio and the Miami Valley area, contact Air Duct Cleaning & Radon Company today!