Winter can make your Lubbock, Texas, home cold, drafty, and uncomfortable. Preparing your home for winter temperatures saves energy, which helps save money over time. Plus weatherization (preparing your home for temperature extremes, makes your home cozier and more comfortable. Here are some ways you can save money and make your home warmer and more efficient in winter.
Upgrade Your Windows
Windows that are more than 15 years old tend to be drafty. New, more energy-efficient windows mostly pay for themselves in energy savings and higher home values. They often have more than one pane of glass, and the space between them has an insulating gas like argon or krypton. Many also have a reflective or low-emissivity coating made from a thin, almost invisible layer of metal. You can also add coatings to existing windows.
To prevent drafts and save energy, you should make sure your home has enough insulation and check for mold growth and water damage at least once per year. Check again if you’ve had a roof leak recently or your home has a musty smell. Many types of insulation can settle and lose their effectiveness over time. Pests and bad weather can also create gaps that encourage the growth of mold and mildew, decreasing indoor air quality.
Maintain Your Heating System
Your heater could break down without regular maintenance. Make sure you have your heater checked out by a professional to catch any problems that could waste energy or shorten the life of your system. You should also replace air filters at least every three months and remove debris like leaves, pine needles, twigs, or grass clippings from the outdoor part of your heating system about once per month.
BTAC, Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning, has a fleet of more than 65 vehicles to take care of all your heating needs. Call us anytime at 806-589-1014. We typically complete most maintenance and repairs in just one visit.
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