Now that fall is nearly upon us, it’s time to pack away our summer clothes and put the heavier comforter on the bed. If you’ve got central air, now is the time when you switch the thermostat over to “heat” at night. If you’ve noticed that your house is still cold at night or that it doesn’t seem to heat up as quickly as it used to, there are a few steps you can take to stay cozy and comfortable as the temperatures continue to drop.
One of the most simple things you can do is to call us at Tom Schaefer Plumbing in Eastlake. Our experienced and well-trained HVAC technicians can come to your home and make sure that your heater is in proper working order and make any repairs necessary to prevent a lack of heat in your home. In this blog, we have a few DIY tips that will help you keep your house at the right temperature during the cold season.
Check Your Windows and Doors
During the summer you might not realize that you have some drafty windows or doors, but in the winter you’ll definitely notice. If you live in an older home, or your house has single pane windows, there might be a zone surrounding them that is always colder than other parts of a room, but if you can feel cold air actively moving into the room, you need to take some steps to remedy this.
Check your windows and doors before it gets too cold and see if there are areas where the weather stripping or seals have been damaged. Reapply caulk or remove the old stripping and replace it with new weather stripping. While it might not seem like a big deal, a lot of heat can escape from small holes, and where heat can get out, cold can get in.
There are special types of plastic that you can get from any home improvement store that work to stop the loss of heat from your windows or you can look into purchasing new windows. While new windows are expensive, they will quickly start to save you money all year thanks to their superior insulating qualities. Some areas have programs that will help or reward you for installing new windows as a way of reducing your electric bills.
Close Your Curtains
Whether you have older windows or brand new ones, if you have curtains, using them can help keep your indoor temperatures warm. Curtains help prevent warm air from getting out of your home and stop cold air from getting inside. Think of your curtains as an extra layer of insulation. If you have a room that is particularly cold, try hanging some curtains to see the difference it can make!
Check back next month for more tips about keeping your house warm during the winter! If you need to have your heater serviced before it gets too cold, please give us a call at Tom Schaefer Plumbing. We have the experience and training needed to get your heater working efficiently and safely!