Heating Efficiency: Is Your Home in Shape for the Cold Weather?

Even when the weather outside in Calhoun, GA, is frightful, you should still feel comfortable in your home. If your house doesn’t have energy-efficient windows or there are cracks or gaps that allow outdoor air to enter, you’ll notice problems with heating efficiency. The following tasks will help you get your home in shape for the cold weather. You’ll benefit even further by keeping your household comfortable and reducing energy waste.

Repair Window or Door Leaks

An effective way to find out where you have a door or window leak is to move a candle slowly around the frames and watch if the flame flickers. A wavering flame shows that there is a draft in that area. If you don’t feel comfortable making any repairs yourself, a professional can use weatherstripping or caulk to patch the cracks. You may also want to invest in draft stoppers for the doors. These products prevent cold air from entering your home, which makes your furnace work harder and increases your heating costs as a result.

Install Protective Pipe Insulation

During the winter months, the water in your pipes can freeze. As the ice expands, it’s likely that the pipes will burst. Broken pipes can cause a lot of property damage as the temperature drops. We recommend that you insulate pipes exposed to the cold. You can avoid problems by insulating pipes in unheated spaces such as basements. Blocks of foam insulation can easily provide the protection you need. It is an inexpensive task that can bring big savings in time and money.

Schedule Heating Maintenance

Although winter has already arrived, it’s never too late to schedule heating maintenance. Of course, the best time to do so is early in the fall so that you benefit from lower energy costs longer. But our service technicians are still available to maintain your heater.

These are just a few of the things you can do to protect your home and family from the cold. An effective way to make sure your home is in shape for the cold weather is to invest in a maintenance plan. Besides regular maintenance, the experts at Dalton Heating & Air can make efficient repairs or install the right heating system for your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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