Colder weather has arrived, and that means winter isn’t far off. This means it’s important for homeowners to make sure their heating systems are prepared for another season of regular use. The last thing you want is to have an unexpected breakdown in the middle of one of the coldest stretches of the year.
It’s important you work with a professional HVAC technician to get a tune-up done on your furnace or heat pump. But beyond that, here’s some info on how to stay warm during the winter in Central Kansas while also maintaining good ventilation and air quality.
Keep your home warm
Beyond making sure your HVAC system is in good operating condition, there are some extra steps you can take to make sure you’re able to reliably keep your home at a comfortably warm temperature throughout the coming winter.
First, consider placing draft guards on your front and back doors. These guards will prevent cold air from leaking through the cracks surrounding your doors and creating cold, drafty spots that can be difficult to heat along with the rest of your home.
Consider adding some extra insulation in your attic to keep heat trapped in your home. This will also significantly reduce your energy costs in the long run, because your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to maintain your desired temperature.
Finally, add some lined window treatments to better insulate your windows. This is especially beneficial if you have older windows that tend to produce drafts.
Maintain good ventilation and air quality
Sealing up your home doesn’t mean you have to compromise on ventilation. On warmer days you can still raise your windows to allow some fresh air to circulate.
Basic cleaning and maintenance also go a long way. Vacuum and dust regularly to eliminate contaminants that could cause breathing difficulty. Use odor-free cleaners and fewer air fresheners—standard air fresheners and cleaners can actually reduce your interior air quality. Never allow anyone to smoke inside the house, and place large area rugs on wooden floors to prevent contaminants from flowing around as easily.
Another important step in maintaining good air quality while keeping your house warm is to cut down on humidity. Keep lids on pans while cooking, and run extractor fans in the kitchen and bathroom to eliminate extra condensation that forms. Make sure any roof ventilation system you have works properly so you can get rid of extra condensation.
If you have leaks in the home, get them fixed as soon as possible. Any drainage you have outside the house should also work properly.
Finally, opening your windows on warmer days doesn’t just allow for better ventilation, but also helps to reduce humidity, so make sure you make that a priority.
These are just a few examples of some of the steps you can take to stay warm this winter without compromising your interior air quality. For more information about keeping your home warm when it’s cold outside in Central Kansas, contact an experienced HVAC specialist at KVK Inc. today.
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