The many inexpensive ideas on how to save energy and stay comfortable in the winter can help your summer comfort as well. Most do-it-yourselfers are well acquainted with caulk, that terrific sealer that can put an end to drafts around windows and doors. Check around all window and door frames for cracks and crevices that could contribute to A/C loss. A quick and simple application of caulk can seal a crack just about anywhere to prevent the cool air from escaping your home in the summer.
Handier individuals should also inspect the insulation in attics and basements. Many basements have exposed duct work that could be insulated to keep the primary living areas of your home comfortable without overworking your heater in the winter or A/C unit in the summer. Insulation in the attic keeps the warm air in during winter and the heat out in the summer so this is a critical area for homeowners interested in energy efficiency.
You can also check areas near pipes and receptacles as insulation can come away from these spots easily. Spray foam insulation can close off these gaps or foam gaskets can be installed to reduce the air coming in from around receptacles. This simple fix will keep hot and humid air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter, which means you save money on your utility bill all year long.
These do-it-yourself ideas can be combined with professional help from our Lorain County HVAC technicians to ensure a comfortable home without a high utility bill. We can check your A/C unit in the spring and heater in the fall to get both ready to work at peak efficiency during their respective seasons.
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