Your HVAC systems are in many ways just like the other machines you rely on in everyday life. Whether it’s your car or your water heater, we need to take some time to maintain these machines if we want to rely on them in the long-term. In the HVAC business, since it is so seasonal, now is the perfect time to consider some maintenance as well as some good habits to get the most out of your heater this winter. At the end of the day, even the most up-to-date fancy system, needs a bit of help to reach its maximum efficiency. We want to help you and your furnace get there, so you can save money this winter. Here are our tips to get your heating system the best preparation for winter.
Windows and Doors
We are going to start by talking about two of the worst offenders for heat loss in the home. Your home is not a sealed box and we wouldn’t want it to be one either. Windows and doors are major necessities for your home. However, there is a downside to them when it comes to HVAC efficiency. Luckily there are ways to mitigate heat loss through these places.
Here in New York, you’re probably aware of how cold it can get in winter near your front door. That’s because it’s the easiest place for drafts to get in. Your door is almost by definition going to have an imperfect seal. In fact, just the weather changing can be enough to warp your door and cause small openings in the frame to crop up. This is why you need weatherstripping.
The most problematic area is underneath the doorframe. You can slide a weatherstrip underneath that to create a better seal and also ensure snow stays out. This should be step one of weatherproofing your home. For many, this will be enough to prevent major heat loss around your doors. For others, you may want to get some sealant to patch up any loose areas around the sides and top of the doorframe. Ultimately, it comes down to your specific door, but it’s worth being aware of.
Now, we can move on to windows. You may need to seal these up as well, but the best way to prevent heat loss is to add insulation to your windows. We recommend installing double or triple-paned windows. This is common in our state, but there are still many families who do not have this essential thing installed in their homes just yet. We recommend you do so now before winter hits in full force. If you want a more cost-effective option, or you live in an apartment and can’t just decide to change out the windows. We recommend an insulation film. This plastic sheet is economical and if you install it correctly shouldn’t cause any problems with your view.
The next thing you should do is check on your insulation. By this, we are talking about the insulation in your attic, and basement primarily. Often, insulation is forgotten about by homeowners and they don’t notice that something is wrong with it until their air quality suffers or their utility bills spike. Make sure you are aware of any mold problems with your insulation because it can be a pain to fix and reinstall.
Get a Furnace Inspection
Lastly, it’s important to make sure your heating system is in good condition and can get through the winter without any problems. A lot of times we see the damage done to furnaces that started with a simple problem. Something as small as a bit of debris or dirt buildup could result in overheating and ruin your furnace. We don’t want that to happen. We can come and take a look at your system and get it in a good and healthy spot to carry you through the winter. If you haven’t needed to rely on your furnace for a few months, issues like carbon monoxide leaks or issues with the burners could cause major problems a month or two from now.
With PMA Comfort Solutions you are getting experienced local pros who can inspect your HVAC system and get your furnace on track for success this winter. Visit our website or call us today at (518) 535-1488 to schedule an inspection today.