Even warm and sunny Riverside, California, can get chilly in winter. Fortunately, you can keep your family comfortable and decrease your utility bills with a little preparation. To get ready for cool weather, you can add insulation, improve your landscaping, and have your HVAC system checked by an expert.
Leaks or holes in your home’s insulation can waste energy and create uncomfortable drafts. Some types of insulation can become compressed over time. Look for gaps or discolored areas in your attic or basement. You can also light a candle, turn off your HVAC system, and carry the flame near all your home’s outer walls. If it flickers, there’s a leak nearby. Along with insulation, you can add weatherstripping to the bottoms of your doors and windows.
Improve Your Landscaping
The right landscaping can help you save energy, increase the value of your home, and make spending time outside more relaxing. Place shrubs and other plants near your home’s walls to block cold winds and add insulation. Deciduous trees can add shade in summer and let the sun through when they lose their leaves in winter. Keep vegetation and debris like dirt, leaves or grass clippings away from your outdoor HVAC unit for optimal airflow.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Have your heater checked by a professional before you start using it this winter. That way, you can get repairs done soon enough to keep your family comfortable. You should also change your system’s air filter at least every three months to catch contaminants like pollen, dust and pet dander. Changing your filter also improves your indoor air quality and extends your HVAC system’s life.
Specialize Heating and Air is a Trane Comfort Specialist, and we promise 100-percent satisfaction for our customers. We can help you save energy and stay comfortable in cool weather. Call us anytime at 909-740-3855 for honest heating help from our experienced experts.
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