Here at Advantage, want to help you and your family prepare for it so you can help avoid major expense repairs and stay warm. Don’t wait for a winter storm to hit to see if your heating system and home are ready. Simply follow these easy tips and you’ll be sure to rest well and enjoy the winter season.
1. Tune Up your Heating System
Waiting for snow and ice to hit to see if your heater works properly is not wise for your home or your family. A proper pre-season heating tune-up will ensure your family stays warm this winter, as well as save you energy and lower your heating bill. For as little as $80, a technician will inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency. The inspection also measures for carbon-monoxide leakage. For more information or to schedule a tune-up, click here.
2. Caulk Around Windows and Doors
Reapply exterior caulk if the gaps between the windows and doorframes of your house are cracked or peeling, which is allowing cold air in. Exterior rated caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s resistant to the elements.
3. Clean or Replace Air Filters
A clean air filter is not only vital to providing clean air in your home, it can also help to lower your energy bill by 5-15%. A clogged or dirty filter will cause your system to work harder and use more energy, and cause your system to wear out more quickly. We recommend you change your filter every 3 months, or sooner if you have pets.
4. Get a Programmable Thermostat
Replace your older thermostat with a programmable unit to lower your heat bill. According to Energy Star®, you can save about $180* every year in energy costs through proper use of a programmable thermostat (using the four pre-programmed settings). To order your new thermostat, please call (501)232-4253 or click here.
5. Insulate Outlets
Did you know cold air can seep through your wall outlets and switches and affect your energy bill? You can prevent this by simply installing foam-insulating sheets behind outlets and switch plates on exterior walls to reduce infiltration of cold air.
6. Inspect the Hot Water Heater
Make sure your hot water heater survives the winter by visually inspecting the connections for leaks and having the tank flushed by a professional to help remove sediment that may have built up in the bottom, which can lead to long term problems. Also, inspect the tank for any rust spots, which can indicate leakage.
7. Seal Duct Leaks
25% to 40% of the heating and cooling energy put out by heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems is lost through duct leakage. Let us check exposed ducts in your basement, attic and crawl spaces, and make recommendations for repair.
8. Insulate External Pipes
Plumbing lines running to and from your water heater may need protection to prevent freezing. Simple insulation can prevent pipes from freezing and save you hundreds in repair costs.
To schedule service or for more information, please call (501)232-4253.
Your Advantage Service Team