Scores of southwest Oklahoma residents are getting ready for the winter months by tackling essential fall home maintenance tasks that are best completed before colder weather arrives. While annual preventive maintenance and regular DIY tasks like changing the air filter each month go a long way toward improving the efficiency of your heating system, these top four home maintenance tasks are essential for reducing the load on your furnace or heat pump.
Shore Up the Attic Insulation
An inadequately insulated attic will reduce the energy efficiency of your heating system, regardless of how efficient it’s supposed to be. The attic should have 12 to 15 inches of R-38 insulation. Shoring up the amount of insulation is a pretty straightforward DIY task if you’re even a little bit handy around the house.
Reverse the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans
Flipping the switch at the top of your ceiling fans reverses the direction of the blades so that warm air is pushed downward and evenly distributed throughout the room. Keep your fans on the lowest setting throughout the winter to help reduce the number of times your system kicks on during a 24-hour period, reducing wear and tear and improving efficiency while maintaining a higher level of comfort.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks in your home’s envelope let in cold air, which makes your HVAC system work harder to keep you comfortable. Use caulk to seal air leaks around windows and doors where they meet the wall, and adhere weatherstripping between the movable parts. Check around pipes, vents and service entrances and seal around those, too, using expandable caulk for larger gaps.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
For each degree you turn the thermostat down for a period of eight hours, you could save up to one percent on heating bills. A programmable thermostat makes it easy to save up to 20 percent annually if you program it 10 degrees lower while you’re sleeping or at work.
For more tips on improving the efficiency of your HVAC system, please contact us at Davis Air Conditioning, proudly serving our customers in southwest Oklahoma.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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