7 Tips For Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter
When the temperature drops and the winter winds blow outside, your family really appreciates a toasty-warm home. Van Natta Mechanical are experts in ensuring that your living space remains comfortable and energy-efficient; these seven tips will keep your home warm, no matter how cold it gets outside.
Start With an Energy Audit
You’d be surprised at how much heat leaks out of your home (and from where). Our inspectors use the latest equipment (like infrared cameras) to spot problems, then recommend smart solutions to reduce your utility bills.
Check Exterior Door Seals
This is one of the most common ways that heat escapes. Give your door seals a visual once-over; if they're dried and cracked, replace them. If you don’t have a door seal, use foam weather stripping to block heat loss. Add one of those double-sided floor draft blockers for good measure (they slide between the inside and outside of the door at the base).
Insulated curtains, blinds or shades make a big difference in keeping your home warmer in winter. There’s also an insulating film that covers interior windows and can reduce heat loss by a whopping 70 percent.
Check and Seal Duct Work
It’s estimated that as much as 30 percent of heat loss occurs between the furnace and the vents in your home. Not to mention, reducing your furnace’s overall efficiency. If you don’t think you’re up to sealing the ducts, the Van Natta pros can help.
Keep an Eye on Filters
Dirty filters make your heating system less efficient. Make a habit of replacing them every three months.
Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
The Department of Energy has a handy insulation tool that gives you an idea of how much your home needs, based on your zip code. Find out about your insulation needs here.
Rethink the Fireplace
A nice fire is cozy, but once the coals die down, plenty of heat goes right up the open flue. Maybe avoid the fireplace on super-cold days and just light a few candles for atmosphere?
When it comes to keeping your home at its most comfortable, Van Natta Mechanical are the experts that thousands of local homeowners have trusted for decades. If you'd like to rework your entire heating system to be more efficient give us a call and let the heating experts at Van Natta take a look at your system. Beyond the above steps, we can make several adjustments and changes that can keep your home warm in the winter months like installing a programmable thermostat, installing insulation, or servicing your heating system. We also offer heating maintenance, repair, and replacements, and fresh installations. We currently have a furnace installation special for New Jersey and New York homeowners. If you'd like the heating experts at Van Natta to perform a heating inspection and assessment of your home, contact Van Natta or give us a call today at 201-391-3700.