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How to keep your home warmer this winter.

Winters in southeastern PA can get bitterly cold, often making it a challenge to keep your home warm as possible while doing your best to save money on heating costs.

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 But are you doing everything that you can to keep your home warm? 

Do you want to keep it even warmer this winter? And save more on winter heating bills?

 If you answered yes to these questions, we’ve put together this list of items that you can use to make sure that your home is insulated properly and keep you warmer this winter than ever before.

  • Block gaps throughout your home where heat can escape. The attic is one of the most overlooked but important areas to ensure that all gaps are covered or sealed.
  • ai_keephousewarm_2However, by installing door bottom seals, putting plastic over windowsills or taping around older window frames, sealing these gaps will help keep heat inside your home. For a more complete solution to blocking gaps, have your home inspected by a professional who may also find areas that are not visible or obvious.Use large rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting to increase your home’s insulation capabilities. These will keep floors warmer than hard floor coverings like wood or tile, help prevent your heating system working harder to heat rooms and provide a warmer surface to walk on all winter.
  • Thick curtains or drapes covering windows in rooms throughout the home prevents heat from escaping and keeps your home warmer.
With help and advice from heating and energy audit professionals, you can do even more to ensure that your home stays warm in colder weather. They can work with you to provide the best solutions for these most common problems that cause heat to escape the home:
  • Have an older boiler or furnace? If so, it may not be running at maximum efficiency, is in danger of major repairs or even replacement sooner rather than later. A new or properly maintained boiler or furnace will run at peak efficiency and help you save on heating costs in the winter months.
  • Does your home feel colder than normal? Your thermostat may not be sending the correct signal to your boiler or furnace. Since thermostats are mechanical and electronic instruments, it’s advisable to have a heating expert decide if your thermostat is functioning optimally.
  • Have a fireplace and chimney in your home? When not in use, they can be the cause of a large amount of heat loss. Installing fireplace plugs and making sure that fireplace caps are fitted to chimney top will help prevent heat escaping your home. And, always have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually by professionals.
  • ai_keephousewarm_4Are your heating system filters clean and fitted properly? Ensuring that filters in ductwork throughout home heating systems are not clogged, which prevents the system from ventilating heat properly, can lead to colder temperatures throughout your home. Home heating professionals may suggest replacing filters and having them properly installed by a trained technician to maximize your heating system’s performance and efficiency.
  • Make sure that dampers are in good working order. Dampers control air flow through your home heating system’s duct work. Better airflow from the heating source increases temperatures throughout the home, while less airflow lowers temperatures. Home heating professionals can either repair or install dampers to make sure that this system is running effectively to keep your home warm. 

You can always rely on your local Leffler Energy team for everything to help you keep your home warmer this winter and save on energy costs. Need any help or further information, just give us a call today!

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