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Get Ready For Winter With These Energy-Saving Actions

Get Ready For Winter With These Energy-Saving Actions

getting ready for winter with energy-saving actions los angeles californiaWhile most homeowners in California are determined to attack energy losses throughout the long cooling season, it’s just as important to prepare your home for cooler weather. After all, putting a stop to energy losses any time of year helps you save energy. Furthermore, saving energy everywhere you can, year after year, adds up to more money in your bank account.

Here are some energy-saving steps you can take:

Put a stop to air leaks. Air loss through leaks around the home counters the heating efforts of your furnace system. There are a few common places where air leaks can occur, including around window frames and doors, and places where ductwork or pipes cut through floors or ceilings. Weatherstripping applied to the bottom of the door and caulking around windows will stop these and other air leaks.

Guarantee a solid heat barrier. Insulation should provide an effective heat barrier to prevent conditioned air from escaping. In order for it to work efficiently, using the right R-value in the right places, as well as correct installation, are critical to prevent energy loss. It’s best to consult an HVAC expert to evaluate your current insulation and recommend effective upgrades.

Prep your heating system. Before you first use your furnace, have it inspected. Annual maintenance will help to extend the life of the system, keep it operating at peak efficiency, and guarantee energy savings and comfort.

Address safety concerns. Whenever you have a furnace that combusts, there is the potential for safety hazards. Part of a system’s maintenance will include inspecting combustion, but it’s also critical that you have effective carbon monoxide detectors installed. If you already have them, make sure you change their batteries, as recommended by the manufacturer.

Fireplaces are another cause for concern. Before using your fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned. And to avoid losing air up the chimney, keep the flue closed.

Ensure energy savings every season by using these tips to stop energy loss throughout your home. Contact the professionals at Air-Tro Inc. for help. We’ve been ensuring the comfort of homeowners throughout the Pasadena area since 1969.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about getting ready for winter with energy-saving actions and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

Air-Tro Inc. services the greater Los Angeles area as well as the metro areas of Riverside and San Bernardino County.

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