New heating systems are wonderful things. A top-of-the-line model, for example, can seal cracks in your ductwork, shore up window caulking, install weather stripping around your doors, and take other steps to ensure you get the most from it. Hold the phone…your heating system can’t do any of that. But it does rely on duct sealing and all the rest to achieve peak operating efficiency and maximum energy savings. That’s why, new or old, you owe it to yourself to give your heating every chance to succeed. And preventing heat loss is a great way to start.
- Attic insulation – Unless your attic is well insulated, heat is rising into it and out the roof…there’s nothing energy-efficient about that. If your insulation isn’t at least 6” deep and fully covers your attic floor, it needs tending to.
- Window and Door Insulation – Is heat escaping through your windows and doors. Here’s an easy way to find out. Light a candle and move it around the edges of each. If the flame tilts toward a door or window, the air is escaping. You also can help your cause by covering windows with thicker shades and drapes.
- Wall Insulation – About 45% of heat loss occurs through outside-facing walls. The best way to stop it is to add insulation inside the walls. A home energy audit can reveal other energy-saving tactics.
- Fireplace, Switches & Outlets – Your fireplace is probably the largest and easiest way out for heat looking to escape the premises. Cover the opening with airtight doors when the fireplace isn’t being used. Warm air also can escape through switches and outlets; you can purchase specially designed insulation for these at your local hardware store or home center.
How’s your heating system performing? If it’s been a year or more since you’ve had it inspected, contact
Bob Boldt HVAC
today for expert preventive maintenance service. It’s just one more way to enjoy trouble-free heating system performance, all winter long.