Weatherize Your Home

6 Ways to Weatherize Your Home

Although we usually associate the cold and snow with the holidays, it sure doesn’t end after the holidays are over! In fact, last month, February, and March are typically the harshest winter months for the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area (1).

That’s why it’s important to gear up and weatherize your home this winter. Not sure where to get started? We’ve got you covered.

1. Home Energy Audits

Energy audits are designed to provide an overview of how your home uses energy and in what ways you can reduce that consumption without incurring large costs. Between heating during the winter to cooling in the summer, your home or building can use up quite a bit of energy! So, when you decide it’s time to take action and reduce your energy bills, you need to know what changes are easiest to make for the biggest possible impact on your bills.

This is something we can help with! During an audit, we determine exactly (if) and where you need upgrades or modifications in your home. And, we’ll recommend changes that will increase the efficiency of your HVAC system, too.

 2. Air Sealing Your Home

Sealing up your home will reduce air leaks and therefore save you some cash in the process! Air leaks occur when outdoor air seeps through cracks and openings into your home and lets out the heated air.

To seal up these leaks, be sure to test your home for air tightness, inspect dirty spots in your insulation for leaks, and weatherstrip doors and windows (2).

3. Moisture Control

Maintaining the proper level of moisture in your home can help in more ways than one. Preventing the growth of mold, making your home more energy-efficient, and reducing your HVAC expenses are just a few of the benefits of controlling moisture (2).

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help with moisture control. However, as we enter the depth of winter, humidity levels drop sharply. Without the summer sun to warm any nearby bodies of water, there is no natural source of humidity to keep your home comfortable. The result is discomfort, potential damage to your furniture and even a drop off in heating efficiency. This is where the need for a humidifier comes in!

The type of humidifier you select will depend largely on the HVAC system your home or building has, so it’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your current system and consult with you as to your options. You can then select one that provides the comfort control you want (without an exorbitant cost.)

4. Insulation

You spend a lot to heat your home—so you want to keep that heat inside! Insulation is key to keeping your home comfortable, and keeping your energy bill as low as possible.

To insulate your home the right way, you’ll need materials such as fiberglass, slag wool, and cellulose. You’ll want to call in a professional to help you, of course (2).

5. Ventilation

Ventilation is extremely important to your indoor air quality. When the temperature gets especially low and your heating system runs constantly for days at a time, it can get quite stuffy in your home. Opening a window or door is out of the question, though, and even with an active ventilation system, you will lose a lot of valuable heat.

You may want to consider a heat recovery ventilator for the cold winter months. These will transfer heat between indoor and outdoor air, so you can breathe fresh new air without spending a fortune on your bill.

6. Your Regular Tune-Up

You should have your HVAC system inspected at least twice a year to ensure efficiency and prevent any future issues.

At Greater Comfort, we offer a preventative maintenance agreement for a period of one year which will automatically renew each year after 12 months. This contract will be for two inspections per year. These inspections will be in April and October to reflect the cooling start-up season and the heating start-up season. The inspections will be at the convenience of the home or business owner and scheduled prior to the visit–and we’ll also make an annual appointment to ensure your satisfaction.

Greater Comfort: Ensuring Your Comfort Year Round

If you are ready to take action and discuss your heating and cooling needs with a tri–state area expert, now is the time to call. Contact the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your HVAC system is working as efficiently as possible this winter: 859-491-4915.

Sources:

  1. https://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Ohio/Places/cincinnati-temperatures-by-month-average.php

2. https://energy.gov/energysaver/air-sealing-your-home

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