With winter just around the corner, it's time to turn your attention to boosting home energy efficiency. This will not only increase your comfort when colder weather comes calling, but it will also help you save on heating costs. With that in mind, here are several easy fall projects that will help boost the energy efficiency in your Broken Arrow area home.
Clean your gutters – It’s easy to forget about your gutters since they're not always in your direct line of sight. As such, they can often fill up with leaves, dirt and debris. You’ll want to clean all of this out before winter arrives to ensure that water from rain and melting ice and snow can flow and drain freely. Without this drainage, the water remain in the gutters until it freezes over. This adds weight to the gutters and can damage them, as well as your roof.
Check for air leaks – You can lose a lot of warm air through air leaks, which results in higher energy costs as your heater attempts to replace this loss of warm air by working more than it should. Check your windows and doors for drafts, and plug any holes or cracks by using caulking or weatherstripping.
Add insulation – Adding insulation to your attic will not only cut down on your heating bill, it will also add comfort to your home during the winter. Heat rises, which means that if your attic is not properly insulated, your home's heat will rise right through the ceiling, and your system will have to work even harder to provide comfort.
Inspect the fireplace – Have a professional contractor come to inspect the fireplace and chimney to make sure that there are no cracks or leaks in the gas lines that lead to it. You’ll also want to make sure that any leaves that gathered around the chimney during the fall season are cleared away.
Follow these suggestions in order to improve your home energy efficiency before winter arrives. Contact Air Assurance for the highest-quality customer service in Broken Arrow.
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