- Heating & Cooling
- Air Quality & Ducts
- Home Performance
- Plumbing & Water
November 1, 2012
No one likes having a to-do list that is miles long – and we are certainly no different. So this fall, we’ve whittled your home maintenance tasks to these three essential items. And the best part is that they are guaranteed to save you money later.
Make Some Changes
To your air filter, that is. In some ways your HVAC home air filter is like a baby – it must be regularly cleaned or changed.
Dirty air filters restrict airflow to your home’s heating and cooling system. By changing out or cleaning your airflow, you are maintaining the correct airflow to your furnace. This saves you money in a few ways.
- Lower energy bills – A dirty filter restricts airflow to your heating equipment, which means your furnace will have to work harder to provide your Lawton-area home with the same amount of heat.
- Fewer repairs – The restricted airflow also placed on your heater by a dirty filter causes an increased stress on your furnace. When you change your filter, your heater will be running less often and with less effort, preventing parts from breaking prematurely.
- Longer system lifespan – In the same way, the increased burden caused by restricted airflow can mean your furnace or heater will not last as long as it should. Changing your air filter ensures you get the most out of your investment.
Seal the Envelope
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about licking those little paper packets. This is about your home’s envelope. You can save money and lower your energy bills simply by making sure the exterior of your home is sealed.
Seal gaps and cracks with caulk and replace worn weather stripping. This will create a tightly sealed envelope around your home that keeps the heat inside and the cold out.
Tune It Up
Your furnace has been sitting dormant in your home all summer. Before the Lawton winter arrives, have a professional give it the once-over to make sure it is ready for action.
A furnace tune-up saves you money by lowering your energy bills and reducing the chance of costly repairs later on. (And there are many other reasons for regular tune-ups, too.)
See, that wasn’t so difficult was it? Three easy fall maintenance tasks that will save you money in the future.