Although it’s only August, and you should be enjoying every second of the summer weather, it’s getting to that time where you should start thinking about preparing your home for the colder months. The summer is easy to prepare for; you just have to make sure your air conditioning is working properly. Preparing for the fall and winter, however, requires a little more work.
Here are a few important things homeowners should do before autumn arrives to ensure a warm home during the cooler months ahead.
- Repairs — Repairing any cracks in walls and the ceiling should be done year round, but it’s essential you fill in these cracks before the temperature drops below freezing. Approximately 25% of your home’s heat is lost through these cracks in your home, and if those cracks are left unattended, the damage could be much larger, and your entire home will be colder as a result.
- Address Outside Areas — Making sure your home is ready for the fall doesn’t mean just focusing on the interior of your home. The outside is just as important for damage prevention, especially in areas that expect plenty of snow. You should fully clean your gutters to make sure that when the snow does fall, it won’t pile up inside an already clogged gutter and cause damage. You should also remove any tree branches near your house to ensure that when all that heavy snow piles up on the branches, they do not break off and damage your roof or a window.
- Work with a Heating and Air Conditioning Company — Improper equipment installation could end up costing you money and decrease your home’s energy efficiency by 30%. Working with a professional heating and air conditioning company can ensure that your heating systems are properly installed and working correctly. Heating and cooling accounts for nearly half — 48% — of the energy used in a typical U.S. home, which is the largest expense for most houses.
Whether it’s the improper installation of a gas furnace, leaving cracks unattended, or not preparing your roof, not being ready for fall and winter can end up costing you much more down the line. But if you take action now, you can enjoy the cold weather from the comfort of your warm and safe home.
If you want to consult with an experienced heating and air conditioning company in Knoxville, TN, contact Pioneer Heating and Cooling today!