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Maintaining A Comfort Filled Home

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Everyone wants to have a comfy cozy home. In order to maintain that steady “state of comfort” (temperatures & humidity levels) in your home, there are several things that you can do to ensure it.

Programmable Thermostats: The use of programmable thermostats is key. Yearly energy savings can be realized when using programmable thermostats. For example, program your thermostat at 65 degrees at night during the winter, and then back to 72 degrees during the day.

Seals: Check the seals around windows, doors, electrical outlets or any other potential sources for escaping air. Seal these areas using a good quality caulk, and be sure to re-examine your handiwork every few years.

Check Filters: Check your air filters in your furnace(s) or fan coil each month. A dirty filter will cause excessive wear on your furnace, air conditioner and/or heat pump.

Brush Exterior HVAC Units: If the exterior of your outdoor coil (condensing unit) becomes dirty, use a brush or a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to clean the surface. To clean dirt that is deep in the coil, contact one of our Five Star Rated HVAC companies to schedule maintenance.

Remove Debris From Outdoor HVAC Units: Keep your outdoor condensing unit free of debris. If you keep grass clippings, leaves, shrubbery and debris away from your outdoor HVAC unit, it should only require minimal care. Check any potential base pans (under the unit) occasionally and remove debris to help the unit drain properly.

Inspect Ventilation: Inspect your Furnace’s combustion area and vent system before each heating season. If you find dirt, soot or rust, your system may not operate properly or at it’s peak efficiency. Call a professional and do not operate your furnace until it is professionally inspected and/or repaired.

Leaky Ducts Cost Money & Compromise Comfort: Leaky ducts lose heated/cooled air into attic or crawlspace. Leaky ducts can also suck in mold, humidity, and pollutants into your home. Mastic Seal ducts to improve comfort and save money.

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