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4 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For The Cold Season

Summer is winding down, and winter will be here before you know it. This fall, make sure that you take care to get your HVAC system as well as your home ready for the winter time.

#1 Change Out the Air Filter

After using your HVAC system all summer to keep your home cool, you are going to want to make sure that you change out your air filter. After a long summer of keeping your home cool, your air filter is going to be clogged up and dirty. In order to allow your HVAC system to heat your home as effectively as possible, you are going to want to change out the air filter. A clean air filter will keep the air you are breathing clean and will help your HVAC system keep your home warm in the most effective manner possible.

#2 Insulate the Duct Work

If your duct work is not insulated, hire an HVAC contractor, like those at Newton's Electrical,Plumbing,Heating and Solar, to insulate your duct work this fall. Adding insulation around your duct work will help keep the air that is flowing through your duct work at the right temperature until it reaches your home. Insulating your duct work can help your entire HVAC system run more effectively, and can help cut down on the amount of energy that you need to use in order to heat your home.

#3 Seal Around Doors

Lots of heat can escape around your doors, not just when they are open, but when they are closed as well. If your door doesn't seal well with its frame, there are adjustments that you can make to keep the air out.

You can add padding around the edge of the door so that your door seals with the frame. Across the bottom of your door, you can add a door sweep to keep out the drafts as well.

#4 Seal Around the Windows

Next, make sure that you seal around your windows as well. Add caulking around the inside and outside of your windows to keep drafts out. Make sure that all of your windows close and latch properly. If the window doesn't close properly, get that fixed before winter time. A window that doesn't close properly can lose a lot of air around it.

This fall, get your HVAC system ready for winter. Put in a new air filter. Insulate your ductwork to improve the efficiency of your system. Seal around the doors and windows to keep drafts down.