During the cold months of the year, heating bills are high and the temperatures are at extreme lows. Although you’re paying your heating bills each month to keep your house warm, you may find that your house is still drafty and uncomfortable. This is something that many homeowners experience, especially during the winter season, because heat is fleeting from their home in one way or another.
Tips To Reduce Heat Loss
Reducing heat loss in your home can be an easy task, once you find what is causing the heat to escape or where the heat is escaping. The following tips will help you to reduce the heat loss your home is experiencing during this winter season.
- Insulate Your Home—Check both the interior and exterior of your home for any cracks or holes on the walls, foundation or siding. If you notice any holes or cracks, be sure to seal them up as soon as possible. Cracks on the walls, foundation, or siding of your home will get larger in the cold weather and eventually cause more problems down the road.
- Inspect Windows and Doors—Gaps around windows and doors in your home are usually a major source of heat loss in your home. To seal up any gaps around your windows or doors, use weather stripping or caulking. According to electric studies, drafty doors and windows account for 15-30% of total heating costs.
- Inspect Your Roof—Heat rises; therefore if there are any missing or cracked shingles on your roof, this may be where the majority of the heat in your house is escaping. Be sure to fix the cracks or holes to prevent leaks and heat loss. Adding an extra layer of insulation in your attic will also help you keep your heat where you want it—in your home.
Properly Maintaining Your Heating System
In addition to minimizing heat loss in your home, you must properly maintain your heating system to ensure that your home will be warm and comfortable throughout the winter. Don’t endure the frigid temperatures of this winter without a heating unit that’s in tip-top shape. Each heating system is different, but when properly maintained all year long, your furnace can last 15 to 20 years and your boiler can last up to 30 years—saving you and your family money while keeping you comfortable.
Keep your heating unit running in tip-top shape by cleaning dust and debris from your unit and by changing the filter on your unit every one to three months. Before preforming any type of maintenance on your heating unit, be sure that it is turned off to avoid injury or danger. For repairs or maintenance that are more complex, contact a professional to ensure the job will be done right.
Tonna Mechanical Heating Services
At Tonna Mechanical, we make sure our customers are always warm in the winter season. Rochester, Minnesota winters can be difficult to get through—especially with a heating unit that isn’t working hard to keep you and your family warm. Tonna Mechanical is the only name you need to know for all of our heating needs!
As the area’s only Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers, we can provide you with top-of-the-line furnaces and other systems—everything you need to make it through the cold Minnesota winters. We carry a wide range of heating systems and technologies including:
Contact the expert technicians at Tonna Mechanical to learn more about the heating services and technologies we offer our customers or fill out our online contact form to schedule your next heating repair, installation or maintenance appointment.