The holiday season is here, which means Paul Davis is looking forward to the exciting changes that will take place in the New Year. In order to help you improve your home’s energy efficiency in the coming year, we’ve put together some ideas that homeowners can use today:
- Check furnace filters monthly and clean them as needed, depending on the type of filter you have. By using pleated paper filters, you can filter out most allergens and small particulates. With a clean filter, your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.
- Windows and doors can leak heat if they’re not properly sealed. Keep moisture and cold air out by caulking around the exterior. Use a latex/acrylic caulk that’s flexible, waterproof, and can be painted to match your trim. Weather stripping is also a good idea, especially for doors.
- Consider adding glass fireplace doors if you have an open firebox, which will prevent heat from escaping. You can also purchase special fireplace blankets to cover openings when not in use.
- Do you have high ceilings? Use a ceiling fan on the reverse “winter” setting to distribute heat around the room, which will save energy.
- A programmable thermostat will help you regulate the indoor temperature, turning up the heat when you’re about to come home and turning it down while no one is home.
Please incorporate some of these tips this winter. The result will be lower energy bills and a more comfortable home. From all of us at Paul Davis, enjoy!