Investing time and effort now to winterproof your home will not only save you major headaches later, it will keep your costs down during the chillier months. You can keep the cool air out and warm air in and have your home operating more efficiently by implementing a few winterproofing steps. To prepare your home for the change of seasons, follow these top tips:
This can be as simple as adding some plastic coating to your windows. You’ll be able to pick up a window insulation kit at your local D.I.Y. store for just a few dollars and once installed correctly, you won’t even notice it’s on the windows. This acts as a buffer against drafts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5-30 percent of your energy use. It can also make a big difference to add some more insulation in your attic area and insulate your pipes, which means you’ll pay less for hot water.
Tune-up your Heating System
A heating system is much like a car, as it needs regular maintenance checks to make sure it’s performing at its best. Keep your system clean by changing out the filter on a regular basis. This will also help you reduce heating costs. If you suspect that your system is clogged, call John’s; we specialize in heating repair in Gilbert, AZ and throughout the metro Phoenix area.
Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse
Most Arizonans think a fan’s job is to help cool you down, when in fact, it has a dual function. A nifty trick is to run your fan in a clockwise direction in the winter. This simple click of a button can help cut heating costs by as much as 10 percent.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Thermostats are one of the most essential components of your entire HVAC system. They control not only when the system is turned on, but also the temperature in your home. Many of the modernthermostats can be connected to our electronic devices and can be controlled via apps to ensure peace of mind. The majority of households fork out 50-70 percent of their energy budgets on the cooling and heating of the home. It doesn’t make sense to pay for heat when you have left your house for the day. If you are interested in discussing zone control with John’s, we can talk to you on this topic.We can help you control the temperature in the different zones of your home independently, as we specialize in zone control system installation services.
Call John’s today if you are interested in scheduling a comprehensive energy audit of your home or if your heating system is in need of a checkup. With 45 years of experience serving many of the communities in the Valley, we can help ensure that your home is ready in time for the winter months.