10 Tips to Prepare Your House for Winter

Dec. 10, 2012 - The winter chill is fast approaching, so take a little time to prepare the home for cooler days ahead – before the furnace breaks down.

“More than half the energy used at home can be used by the heating and air conditioning system,” said Doyle James, president of Aire Serv LLC. “Regular maintenance is the best way to cut costs and keep your heating system working at maximum efficiency.”

To prevent unwanted costs and keep your heating system in excellent condition this winter, homeowners can follow these tips by Aire Serv:

  • Don’t Get Drafty. Look for drafty windows and door frames. Check the caulking and add new weather stripping as necessary – air leaks can cause the loss of heat, energy and money.
  • Get a Check-Up. Identify problems early with a seasonal check-up by your heating and cooling contractor. Dirt and neglect are the main cause for heating system failures.
  • Open Up. Open your south-facing window blinds and curtains to let the sun in and reduce the load on your heating system. Then close them at night to reduce the winter chill.
  • Monitor Monthly. Check the furnace filters monthly and replace as necessary.
  • Insulate the Air Ducts. A heating and air conditioning system’s efficiency can improve up to 20 percent when ducts are properly sealed and insulated. They can help prevent the heated air from escaping into unheated spaces such as the attic or crawlspace.
  • Avoid Faulty Readings. Keep heat-generated appliances like TVs and computer equipment away from thermostats.
  • Reverse Ceiling Fans. By switching the ceiling fan blades to the clockwise direction, warmer air that’s accumulated near the ceiling will be pushed back down.

Other tips…

  • Install a programmable thermostat. This “smart thermostat” can turn on the heater to the desired set point one hour before you arrive, avoiding the need to run the system all day. There even smart phone apps that can connect to many programmable thermostats.

  • Optimize your heating system’s air flow. A contractor can test air flow and make adjustments for optimal performance, which increases comfort levels while reducing utility bills.
  • If your heater or furnace is outdated, you’ll save money by upgrading. An Energy Star®-rated gas furnace can be 15 percent more efficient than older models and reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. A qualified boiler can be up to 5 percent more efficient than standard models.

About Aire Serv®

Established in 1992, Aire Serv is a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Aire Serv franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at more than 170 locations in the United States and Canada. Aire Serv is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit AireServ.com.

###

Comments:

comments powered by Disqus

Franchise News Room »


News By Industry »


Featured Opportunities

PuroClean
Join the national insurance restoration service franchise that specializes in fire, mold, and water damage clean up. PuroClean offers a low investment
Poke Burri
Poke Burri is a Georgia-based restaurant company that provides a healthy and delicious dining experience focused around the popular dish, known as...
Sbarro, LLC
An award-winning franchise company, Sbarro is known for selling XL NY pizza by the slice with dough made in-house daily & 100% Whole Milk...
Scooter's Coffee
The success of the Scooter's Coffee franchise is based upon a commitment to quality products, fast and accurate service, and always delivering...
Kiddie Academy
Educational Child Care Franchise. Kiddie Academy is one of the nation's most respected providers of quality educational child care.
Share This Page

Subscribe to Franchising Express

A Franchise Update Media Production
Franchise Update Media
P.O. Box 20547
San Jose, CA 95160
PH. (408) 402-5681
In Loving Memory Of Timothy Gardner (1987-2014)

Copyright © 2001 - 2018.
All Rights Reserved.