Is your home ready for the cold temperatures of winter? Many homeowners don’t realize that, on top of scheduling a fall/winter tune-up, they can do little things around the home to make themselves more comfortable. Furniture arrangement, window fashions, ceiling fans and weatherstripping are all easy and inexpensive ways that you can take a lot of pressure off your heater this winter.
Does your furniture promote or impede airflow within your home? To ensure that the warm air your heater churns out has a chance to evenly warm your home, make sure that no vents are blocked by any furniture or decorations. (While you’re checking out your vents, when was the last time you changed your air filter?)
Is warm air being lost through your windowpanes? Dressing your windows in thermal insulated curtains can keep that cozy, warm air from escaping into the wintry outdoors. Conversely, they will keep the cold air outside from seeping in and putting your favorite window seat on ice.
The second you decide its time to switch on your heater, grab a sturdy chair and head to your ceiling fans. To circulate warm air through your home longer, reverse your ceiling fan’s direction. In the summer, your fan will rotate counter-clockwise. In the winter, set it to spin clockwise. This will direct rising hot air away from the ceiling and back down to keep you comfortable.
Last, but certainly not least, weatherstripping any poorly sealed doors or windows is a great way to prevent needless air loss in the winter. Weatherstripping and draft stops can be found for less than ten dollars at your local hardware store. Think you have a draft? A good way to test is to hold a lit candle near the suspected windows on a blustery day. If the candle flickers or goes out near these windows, you’ve got a drafty window on your hands.
Doing any or all of these things will help keep your home comfortable for less in the winter. With all of these elements working together, your heater won’t have to work as hard to keep everything warmer, longer. After your seasonal tune-up, give this list a gander to see if your home is winter-ready! For any other heating needs, call Lee’s Air today!