BRRRR....It's cold outside. Here are some tips to keep the warmth inside.
It's sub-freezing, and in New Jersey we're seeing temperatures reminiscent of the 1960's and 1970's that we haven't seen in awhile (Global Warming? Climate Change?). Here are a few inside tips.
- Don't turn your heat down too low during sleeping hours or daytime hours when no one is home, because simply stated, your heating system may have trouble recovering when there's a cold snap that lasts many days,
- Be sure your furniture or heavy draperies aren't blocking baseboard or registers preventing the heat from circulating.
- Seal up window and door crevices that may be allowing cold air to penetrate your home.
- Be sure you're well insulated. After many years, insulation deteriorates and can virutally act as a tissue preventing cold air from penetrating your home. Not really efficient, is it?
- Have your local heating contractor perform a furnace or boiler 'heating system tune-up' to ensure your heating equipment's reliability and efficiency.
As heating equipment ages, it loses it's efficiency. The daily wear and tear on the moving parts are often something the average homeowner does not give too much thought to. And, are we surprised? Of course not. We know everyone is busy and the truth of the matter is, modern equipment IS supposed to work by itself.
Long gone are the days of chopping wood and fanning the flames to distribute heat throughout our homes. BUT, truth be told, your lonely furnace or boiler sits idly by cycling on and off without too much attention needed, but this equipment needs some love too. Yes, many of our customers call us consistently to tune-up their systems annually as a preventative step in maintenance, but there are just as many that don't. These home and business owners believe 'if it ain't broke; don't fix it'. We take a stand here and respectfully submit that you wouldn't drive your car for years without an oil change or service, would you? They why, we ask, would you not maintain your heating system? You're agreeing...Exactly! We thought so...
When's the last time you had a carpenter, or handy-man stop by and examine your windows, doors and insulation? Clearly this is something you can do yourself. During winter days, stand close to your windows...take a stroll through the house. Perhaps you can take your glass cleaner and a clean cloth or paper towels along with you and while you're making your glass sparkle, see if you feel a draft. If you do, you need to caulk your windows or doors.
Likewise with your insulation. If you're comfortable heading up to your attic, take a look. OR, when your heating contractor comes to service your system as him to examine your insulation (you can even have this done in the spring/summer when your local AC contractor does your 'air conditioning tune-up' and put the task of having some insulation replaced before heating season.
Hope this helps!
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