10 Must-Do Fall Preparations to Keep Your Home Warm and Energy-Efficient in Central Arkansas
Fall is here and Winter is just around the corner, and we all know how Arkansas winters can be — unpredictable and often colder than you'd think. That's why now is the perfect time to get your home prepped and cozy before the temperatures start to drop.
Here at Kennedy AC, we're not just about fixing your HVAC when it breaks down (although we're really good at that, too). We want to empower you with the knowledge to make your home as warm and energy-efficient as possible. So let's get into it.
1. Get That Heating System Serviced
You wouldn't go years without servicing your car, would you? Well, your furnace or heating system also needs regular check-ups. Make sure you get it professionally inspected and cleaned to ensure it's running at optimal efficiency. Plus, a well-tuned heating system can save you a good chunk on your energy bill.
2. Insulation is Your Best Friend
Central Arkansas can get colder than people realize, and a poorly insulated home is like throwing money out of those drafty windows. Consider adding extra insulation in your attic or even your walls to keep that precious warm air inside.
3. Seal It Up!
Speaking of drafty windows, weather-stripping or caulking can be a lifesaver in these colder months. While you're at it, throw on some thermal curtains for an extra layer of protection against the cold.
4. Get Smart with a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can be a game-changer for your energy bills. Set it to lower the heat when you're not home or sleeping, and voila, you've got yourself a more efficient heating system without sacrificing comfort.
5. Don't Forget the Gutters
You might be wondering why we're talking about gutters. But trust us, clogged gutters can lead to ice dams, which in turn can cause water to back up into your home. Not fun. Clean those babies out.
6. Fan the Flames, But in Reverse
Your ceiling fan isn't just for summer. Most have a reverse setting that can help circulate warm air back into your living space. Make sure this setting is turned on so your ceiling fans can provide an assist to your HVAC system.
7. Filter Out the Bad Stuff
Dirty air filters make your heating system work harder, meaning higher energy bills for you. Check and replace them regularly (once a month if possible) to keep everything running smoothly.
8. Drain It to Save It
Winter can be tough on outdoor faucets and hoses, so make sure to drain them before the first freeze. If you're looking to go the extra mile, consider installing frost-proof faucets for added protection.
9. Give Your Doors a Little Extra Love
Door sweeps aren't just for hotels. Attach them to your exterior doors to keep out that pesky cold air, and you'll find that it's a lot easier to keep your indoor air warm, especially in older homes.
10. Cozy Up to the Fireplace
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, make sure you're using it efficiently. Check that the damper is working correctly and consider installing a chimney balloon to prevent heat loss when it's not in use.
You don't have to do everything on this list, but even a few small changes can make a big difference in your comfort and your energy bill. Stay warm out there!