Reduce Drafts in Your Home Before You Turn On the Heat

 

It seems like the dog days of summer were just here, but close your eyes for a second and all of a sudden it’s October, autumn is here, and you’re thinking about all of the great things that come with the new season like colorful autumn scenery and cooler weather. The weather may be prompting you to start thinking about turning on the heat. Though it may not be cool enough for that yet, it will be sooner than you know it. Before you turn the heat on, there are several steps you should take to ensure it will function properly. One of the most important of these is checking for and reducing drafts in your home.

 

Reducing drafts in the house can reduce your energy consumption from 5-30%. Places to check for drafts include along baseboards, around doors, window frames, outlets, as well as attic hatches and fireplace dampers. You can also check for drafts with a pressure building test as follows. Close all exterior doors, windows, and fireplace flues. Turn all heat-generating appliances off and turn on all exhaust fans. Then go outside and place a damp hand where walls or two different building materials meet. If it feels cool, there’s probably a leak. In place of a damp hand, you can also use lit incense. If the smoke starts to blow away from the house, that too means there’s an air leak. You can seal any leaks you find with caulking or weatherstrips.

 

 

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Our prices are competitive, and we’re not finished until you’re happy. In addition, there are always two supervisors and four mechanics on 24-hour call, 365 days a year for your emergency air conditioning needs. Our goal is to solve your heating or cooling problem, and be available when a new one appears – even if it’s after hours, we’ll dispatch a service technician to answer the problem.

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