It’s Halloweentime! What’s more important is that this means it’s fall! Have you had your home performance checked lately? How about your heating system?
If you answered “no and no,” now is the time to give us a call! Your home performance refers to how efficiently you’re using the systems in your household. The more efficiently you use them, the lower your energy costs are going to be. Having your heater professionally maintained, as well, will also help with your energy-saving efforts.
Read on as we uncover some of our best home performance and safety tips, including the ones you need for the spooky season, before kids come trick-or-treating at your door.
Schedule Equipment and Ductwork Efficiency Testing and Maintenance
Do you know if your HVAC systems, including their ductwork, are operating as efficiently as possible? We can test things like the airflow and amperage of your system’s blower motors, and we will perform system maintenance to ensure that both your air conditioning and heating systems don’t have any underlying problems that could be impacting your energy efficiency and system performance.
Your ductwork could also potentially be the cause of a lot of energy waste and efficiency loss. Leaky air ducts allow for a loss of about 30% of the conditioned or heated air that you are otherwise paying for. Our ductwork system efficiency testing looks to optimize your entire HVAC system, by measuring factors like air pressure and correcting fan airflow, as well as sealing ducts.
Professional duct sealing is important because it effectively patches up tears and duct leaks for the long term. And no, you can’t use duct tape that you got at the store–this kind of tape isn’t actually adequate for your ductwork, no matter its name. Professional duct sealing uses a special mastic sealant that is far more effective.
Scheduling maintenance for your furnace also helps keep you safe. Gas-powered furnaces are not inherently dangerous, but they can become so if not properly cared for, as the gas lines and/or heat exchanger could suffer from cracks or corrosion.
This time of year is also a great time to talk about the safety outside of your home, but still on your property. Soon, little kids will be running up your walkway to do some trick-or-treating. Is your walkway well-lit? How about properly maintained? These are things you want to think about to keep your home as safe as possible.
Insuring Your Home
The steps we’ve outlined above, both maintaining your furnace and making your home safe for trick-or-treaters, not only contribute to your family’s physical security but it also helps keep you from being financially liable for anything that goes wrong. The last thing you need as we head into the holiday season is a homeowner’s insurance claim, right?
While that may sound extreme, it is a reality that many homeowners face, and we would like to be the ones to help you avoid it!