When you are having an issue keeping your home warm during the winter months, you want to find a reliable solution. In some cases, you can complete simple tasks to handle the heat loss, while other tasks take additional time and money to complete. By understanding the precise issues your home has, you will have a better chance of improving your home's heat retention capabilities.
Drafts are the most common problem for losing heat throughout the winter months. One option for handling this situation is to place weather stripping around the seams of your windows and doors.
Weather stripping is a flexible material that blocks air from passing through the seams. When properly installed it helps reduce the amount of cold air that comes in and helps prevent warm air from leaving your home.
Home improvement stores sell weather stripping that comes in different sizes. However, you will need to know the width and length of the seams, so you can purchase the right product. The easiest product to use will come with its own adhesive. You simply remove the backing from the strips you cut and then place the pieces into the seams.
Unfortunately, drafts are not the only cause for heat loss in most homes. Your furnace can be one of the problems, especially if you do not properly maintain it.
To improve your furnace, you need to have a technician come in and remove any debris that is clogging the system. Even small clogs or debris on the inner working of your furnace will cause it to slow down and not function properly.
Hair, pollen, pet dander and dust usually makeup most of the clogs within a furnace. An HVAC technician has the skills to locate these clogs and remove them by hand or with a high-powered vacuum, thus improving the efficiency of your furnace.
Install Heat-Recovery Ventilator
In some homes, sealing the drafts and improving the furnace makes the air feel stall and moist. This moisture can actually make you feel colder, which is why some HVAC companies recommend a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV).
The HRV circulates the warm stall air from the inside of your home and reuses it to heat the incoming air that your HVAC system is bringing in. These units can recover up to 85 percent of the warm air that your heating system is sending outside every time it cycles on. When your home has a humidity issue and a heat loss problem, it is best to consult an HVAC company and see if they recommend an HRV unit for your home.
Improving your home's heat retention is easier when you know what can cause the problem. With some additional knowledge, you can determine the cause and then find a reliable furnace repair solution for keeping your home warm throughout the winter months.Share
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