Preparing Your Home for Heating Season

October 15, 2019

Preparing the Home for Autumn and Winter

Before the heating season comes, you’ll want to do everything you can to prepare your home. This means finding ways to keep warm air in and cold air out as well as ways to maintain efficient heating.

Preventing Drafts

Drafts are to blame for a great deal of energy loss, and many leaks can be found around doors and windows. However, you can seal the cracks and gaps in these areas by using caulking or spray foam. You may also use highly adhesive foam tape from the inside.

Another way to keep warm air from escaping through the windows is to install thermal curtains and drapes. One drawback is the resulting lack of sunlight. Besides doors and windows, check for drafts in the attic and around pipes that lead outside.

Insulating the Home

Once you’ve sealed up the home, consider how much insulation there is and what its R-value is. A high R-value means a high level of resistance to heat flow. You can add more of the same insulation or replace it with insulation that boasts a higher R-value.

Insulation in the attic will prevent heat loss while insulation in the basement or crawl space will shut the cold air out. Roll insulation is normally used for these areas. For those places that are hard to reach, you may apply spray foam insulation.

Heating System Maintenance

Your heating system is part of your home, too, and you need to ensure that it’s running at peak performance; otherwise, all the insulation and sealants will be of little benefit. At Legacy Heating & Air Conditioning, we set up regular heating maintenance agreements with our customers in Louisville, KY. Our tune-ups cover air filter replacements, thermostat calibration, component cleaning, and more.

Hire NATE-Certified Technicians

Serving the Louisville area since 2001, Legacy Heating & Air Conditioning is a dependable source for heating and cooling repairs, maintenance, and installations. We deal in not only central heating systems but also ductless mini-splits, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and indoor air quality systems. To learn more, call us today.

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