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We’ve collected some tips we’ve posted from our Facebook page and are sharing them for you here in one place. This has been some winter so far for us New Englanders. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen snow like this in the city Boston!
- Take care of those drafts. A good way to check for a draft is to use a candle, light piece of string or even an incense stick! On a windy day, hold these items up around windows, doors and other areas and if the smoke or string moves or the flame goes out, you’ve found a draft. Weather-stripping or caulk can go along way to sealing up those spaces. Also helpful are those draft snakes which sit on sills or at doorways to block cold incoming air.
- Most ceiling fans are built with a reverse setting and this is perfect for the winter. When you heat your home, the heat rises and reversing your fan blades to rotate clockwise allows you to draw that heat back down and help keep it from going through the roof or walls.
- Add some insulation this winter with rugs and curtains. Beyond being decorative, using area rugs in high traffic areas (especially if you have hardwood or tile floors) will keep your floors warmer and add some additional insulation. The same is true of curtains. Heavier materials can help . block drafts and even insulate over cold panes of glass!
- For supplemental heat, use a wood burning fireplace over a gas one. Wood-burning fireplaces or wood-burning stoves give off more heat than a gas fireplace and can burn scrap wood.
- Watch those exhaust fans! Kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans have their place, but running one fan for an hour can deplete your home of warm air. Leave them off or only run them for short periods of time.
Don’t forget, AccuAire Inc. can help with both your heating and cooling needs. After the winter comes the summer!
Well, it’s the dog-days-of-summer. Mid-August already. Where did the time go? We hope that you have enjoyed this beautiful summer weather along with us. Especially after that really rough winter last year.
As Autumn approaches, it’s a good time to think about heating season (yes, already!) so we thought we’d share some tips to help you prepare your home for the cooler days ahead.
If your heating system is 15 years-old or more, consider a new one. Things have become much more energy efficient in that time, so conserve resources and money by upgrading. If your system is new enough, it’s very important to remember to have it professionally serviced. You don’t want any surprises when it’s finally time to put the heat on. Also, heating systems produce carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion, so getting your system checked is a safety as well. Accuaire Inc. serves many different brands of residential and business heating systems.
- Is your thermostat efficient and in working order? Check that too.
- Clean around your ducts, registers and radiators. Dust and pet hair can inhibit airflow.
- Are you insulated? Do you need more?
- Are your windows well sealed? We’re sure you’ve still got them open now, but when the time comes, you want those tightly sealed to hold your heat in and and keep the cold air out.
We know you don’t want to be thinking about these things when you are probably getting ready to head to the beach, but plan ahead and you;ll be much better off later. Schedule those appointments and make your to-do list!