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Fall Home Maintenance Musts

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Are you excited that Fall is finally here? This summer has been humid and hot in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, but cooler temperatures have arrived.

We know that many people like to use Fall as a time to make improvements to the home. Here are 2 steps to consider when it comes to your home this Fall.

Fix any air leaks.

Air leaks can be more than a nuisance: they can end up wasting a lot of energy and that means you could be putting money towards something you don’t have to. Even though the air leak might be more noticeable in the winter, any kind of exterior air coming into your house through a leak will impact both your heating and cooling bill. Whether it is weather-stripping, caulking or applying a sealant, now’s a great time to improve your insulation.
Without a professional, how do you look for visual signs of leaks? Here are a just a few tips to consider:

  • Windows and doors that have cracks or gaps
  • Windows or doors (or door frames) that seem to “rattle” or you can tell bring in outside air
  • Look around all your corners in your home
  • Inspect where your chimney and siding meets
  • Gaps around seals, pipes or elsewhere (1)

An even more accurate way—besides just a visual test—is to use a blower door test to seek and detect any cracks or leaks. We seal up the building or home envelope, pressurize it with a blower fan, and measure the air loss to determine where any leaks may be occurring.

We then use infrared cameras to pinpoint the exact location of each air leak and any spots where insulation is missing. By developing a clear map of your home’s insulation and potential leaks, we can see what tweaks, upgrades or replacement could be made. This is much faster and more cost efficient than having your entire home re-insulated.

Check your home’s ability to control moisture.

Moisture can enter our home in a number of ways. From showers to cooking to washing, many of our daily activities change the amount of moisture that is in the air in our home. If you have a moisture problem in the home, you can have poor air quality (which can impact your health), but it can also affect the foundation, the walls and even the furniture in our homes. Another negative impact is that bugs and mold thrive in a home that has humid air. You may think this time of year means less humidity in the home, but that’s not actually always true.

Air movement is part of how comfortable you feel in your home—and it also can impact the amount of moisture that is in the home. Being able to control moisture in your home also helps your insulation and air sealing efforts in the home. Especially in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, we have to deal with moisture in the home because of how much moisture is naturally in the air.

Of course, a well-functioning HVAC helps control moisture in your home. Here are a few other tips to keep top of mind as you look to control the moisture in your home:

  • Replace your air filters on a timely basis
  • Make sure to keep registers open and unblocked to ensure air flow occurs as it should
  • Take advantage of bathroom fans when showering (also known as exhaust fans)
  • Leaving room doors open (which has its trade-offs)
  • Look into a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of moisture in the air (2)

Have your system inspected if you suspect a problem! Also be sure to ask us for more ways that you can work to manage moisture and reduce the humidity in your home.

Call the Experts at Greater Comfort

Remember that the benefit of an energy audit is you will have high accuracy and you will know the exact steps you can take to improve efficiency (and save money) in your home. You won’t have to guess and you won’t have to completely reinsulate your home or upgrade your system—unless that’s what you want, the audit validates, and that’s what is best for you and your family.

Want to learn more about the trusted, affordable brands we offer? Give us a call today at (859) 491-4915 whether it is for your fall maintenance or if you are looking for furnace repair or  installation options before the temperature drops for good.

Sources/References

  1. http://energy.gov/energysaver/detecting-air-leaks
  2. http://www.lowes.com/projects/repair-and-maintain/controlling-moisture-and-humidity-in-the-home/article
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