According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Check around your doors and make sure that your weather stripping is good. You may want to consider replacing it with new magnetic weather stripping and also add a door sweep.
Change Furnace Filters
Write this one on your calendar so you don’t forget because it’s that important! You need to replace or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand.
Better, consider switching to a permanent filter which will reduce waste and hassle. Did you know that disposable fiberglass filters trap a measly 10 to 40% of debris? Electostatic filters trap around 88%, and are much better at controlling the bacteria, mold, viruses and pollen that cause illness and irritation. They cost $50 to $1,000 or more.
Another good choice is a genuine HEPA filter, which can remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles. HEPA filters are based on Department of Energy standards. But avoid “HEPA-like” filters, which can be vastly less effective.
Handyman Alpharetta – Tips to Keep Your Home Warm
Most people think of their ceiling fans when they want to be cool, but many ceiling units come with a handy switch that reverses the direction of the blades.
Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes while switching to clockwise makes it warmer: air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space – cutting your heating costs as much as 10%!
Install Storm Doors and Windows
The simple act of installing a storm door can increase energy efficiency by 45%, by sealing drafts and reducing airflow. Storm doors also offer greater flexibility for letting light and ventilation enter your home.
Additionally, storm windows can make a huge difference when the cold wind starts blowing.
If you need help with any of these items call Andy OnCall, Your Premier Handyman Service Company at (770) 640-6050 or click here for a free quote.