January 26, 2016

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With winter upon us, keep your home heating system in optimal working condition.

Enjoy the remainder of the St. Louis winter season from the comfort of your home. There are a number of simple and cost-effective ways to keep your heating bills under control.

Draft-Proof Your Home

Do not allow the cold air to leak in and the warm air to leak out of your home. Inspect your house for unwanted gaps and vents and seal those gaps. Look for hidden cracks and crevices in the walls, floors, utility pipes, and ceiling. Air leakage makes your indoor atmosphere not only uncomfortable but also unhealthy. Long-term exposure to chilly outside air may cause mold growth inside your house, making the indoor atmosphere unhygienic.

Windows can account for 25 percent of heat loss in most houses. Check your doors and windows for any unnecessary gaps and seal them. Replace conventional doors and windows with new, energy-efficient ones. In addition, have your home insulated by professionals. Improve the insulation capability of your existing doors and windows. Storm windows come with a layer of thin metal and help keep the heat inside your home.  A cost-effective way to insulate your windows and doors is by hanging heavy curtains to restrict the entry of cold air inside your home. Inspect loft hatches, suspended floorboards, electrical receptacles, and the attic.

Optimal Settings for Your HVAC System

Install a programmable thermostat. It will automatically adjust the temperature depending on the heating requirements of your home.

Regular HVAC Maintenance

Clean and maintain your HVAC system regularly. Work with a St. Louis HVAC company for regular cleaning and maintenance. If needed, replace your old heating pumps or furnaces with new, energy-efficient ones.

Keep yourself warm and cozy by wearing sweaters and body warmers. Consider keeping your feet warm by using socks and slippers. This way, you can set the thermostat at a lower temperature. These are some simple steps to save money on your energy bills during this winter season.

For HVAC maintenance and repair services, call Scott-Lee Heating Company at (314) 200-0788.