Have You Prepared Your Home and Furnace For the Winter?

Now is the time to complete home maintenance tasks and invest in furnace service or repairs. The steps you take today will lower your heating bills and make your home more comfortable. Plus, weatherizing is a great way to extend the savings to the cooling season, which is never far off when you live in North or South Carolina. If you have a chance, complete these tasks before holiday preparations and winter weather prevent you from doing them.

Furnace Maintenance

If you have a fuel-burning furnace, preventive maintenance is crucial. Even for heat pumps and boilers, tune-ups can produce a modest increase in efficiency while preventing costly repairs. Investing in furnace service or repairs can protect your home and your family. When Melton Heating & Air Conditioning performs a tune-up, we assess and clean each part of your heating system, including the fuel lines, burners and vents. This ensures that the fuel burns completely and that gases will be safely exhausted.

Air Sealing

Don’t underestimate the energy-saving power of insulation. If you haven’t already, put up storm windows, and caulk any visible gaps. Have us assess your attic and crawlspaces. These areas affect air quality and energy efficiency significantly. By sealing many small gaps, you can reduce your energy bills by 20 percent. Insulation prevents conditioned air from escaping and stops outside air from entering. Even if your attic has adequate protection, your crawlspace might need extra attention. Crawlspace insulation is often overlooked, but it is second only to attic sealing in savings potential. Having us install spray foam is the easiest way to weatherize these areas and ensure that every crack is sealed. You might even qualify for utility rebates.

Home Maintenance Tasks

Keeping energy bills low and protecting your home are worthy priorities. You can achieve your efficiency goals by changing air filters monthly and using smart thermostat settings. Now is the perfect time to program your thermostat’s heating schedule. Keep temperatures between 65 and 68 degrees when you’re home. At night and when you’re away, turn the thermostat down to 56 or 58 degrees. If you have a heat pump, maintain a 2-degree temperature swing to minimize energy use. To ensure that your home is ready for the heating season, don’t forget to install carbon monoxide detectors near your furnace and on every level of your home.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, utility customers in South Carolina and North Carolina spend more on electricity than people in other parts of the nation due to high air conditioning costs and expensive electric heating systems. Make a commitment to reduce your utility bills this winter. Compare current and past energy bills to track your savings. If you’re interested in learning more or haven’t scheduled your annual furnace tune-up, call Melton Heating & Air Conditioning today.