Winter is nearly over, but there are still single-digit days ahead, according to forecasters. Don’t be left out in the Minnesota cold. Here are a few tips for staying warm this winter from the experts at Total Comfort.
One of the easiest ways to keep certain areas of the home warmer is by getting rid of drafts. Close the doors to rooms that are not in use and seal the bottoms with draft guards. Twin draft guards are perfect for inside doors because they keep warm air in and cold air out. They work on carpet, tile, and wood flooring and come in a variety of colors and styles. Become a draft detective by burning incense around doors and windows. Drafts will pull the smoke into cracks and crevices, pinpointing problem areas where heat can escape. Replacing worn weatherstripping and door sweeps will help eliminate these problems.
A few simple (and decorative!) additions to your home can actually help your heating bill this season. Flooring accounts for about 10% of heat loss. Adding rugs, especially over tile and wood flooring, will help keep the heat in. Energy efficient curtains can also help keep heat inside in the winter and keep your home cool in the summer. Consider mounting them as close to the wall as you can. With the right brackets, this will keep drafting to a minimum.
Is Your Heater Running?
It’s not a joke. Your heater may not be running at its best, especially if it has been a long time since your last tune-up. Preventative maintenance can keep your heating and air conditioning running and troubleshoot potential problems with your system. Total Comfort has a 16-point summer tune-up and a 17-point winter tune-up that will ensure your system is always at its peak. If something does break, preferred clients are priority one for repairs and replacement parts. That means you will never be without your heating and air conditioning. In addition to check-ups, make sure you are changing your filters regularly to ensure a steady air-flow.
Stay warm this winter with these toasty tips and schedule a tune up for your system. For more information on heating in MN, consult your experts at Total Comfort.