How Can I Improve the Comfort and Efficiency of My Home this Winter?
Well, surprising precisely nobody, East Nashville went from really freaking hot to really freaking cold. Really, really freaking quickly. If you’re wondering how you can improve the comfort and efficiency of your home this winter, you’re not alone. In fact, we’re willing to bet that your neighbors are wondering the very same thing. Because we’ve been uncomfortable for so long. So. Darn. Long.
Because we’re never short on ideas, we’re going to share a few energy-saving and comfort-inducing tips with you. (And offer our most excellent Cumberland Cooling services in the process, naturally.)
Stay cozy, East Nashville.
Put an End to Drafts
If you’re feeling a cold chill running down your spine it’s probably just someone stepping on your grave. True fact.
Okay, maybe not. More than likely you need to spend some time sealing your windows and replacing weatherstripping.
Inexpensive foam weatherstripping tape does wonders around doors and removeable weatherstripping caulk like DAP’s Seal ‘N Peel is pretty great for sealing those pesky cracks between your storm windows and your ancient window sills.
Get a Chimney Balloon
If your fireplace, like most of the hearths in east nashville, isn’t in use as an actual fireplace, then your chimney might be acting like a great big straw, sucking the heat right out of your home. This is easy to fix: invest in an inflatable chimney draft stopper.
Be sure to send a memo to the North Pole before Christmas, though.
Check Your Ducts
While you’re looking for drafts, make sure that your ductwork is well-sealed, insulated and in good working order. There’s no sense in heating your unfinished basement. You spent enough on radon remediation as it is.
Insulation is Your Friend, Friend
To paraphrase Brooke Shields, “What gets between your walls and your siding? Nothing.” If you live in an older home, the odds are shockingly good that there’s absolutely nothing but a few spiders standing between your plaster lath walls and the siding that’s cladding your home.
Word to the wise: if you’re planning on investing in fancy new fiber cement siding, you’d better budget some extra time and cash for insulation.
Even if you’re not down for a whole new exterior on your bungalow, insulating your home’s, attic, and basement can do wonders for your comfort and take a bite out of your energy bills in the process. Insulating your home provides resistance to heat flow and lowers your heating and cooling costs (energy.gov).
We’re happy to insulate your attic for you, or you can do it yourself. Check out our post, Here’s How to Insulate Your Attic.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Yup. You’ll stay more comfortable more consistently and you’ll use less energy. Extra bonus? You can set the thermostat to warm the house up a half an hour before you roll out of bed in the morning and 15 minutes before you come home from work in the evening. Plus, you’ll never have to worry about whether or not you remembered to turn the heat off in the morning.
Wondering which thermostat is right for you? Check out our thermostat smackdown to figure it out.
Make a date with Cumberland Cooling for furnace maintenance
Having pros like us stop by to make sure everything is in good working order is smart from a safety standpoint, for sure. We’ll make sure that your furnace is running efficiently while we’re at it, saving you from unexpected repairs, furnace replacement, and keeping you cozy all winter long.
Need we say more? Okay, then read 4 Reasons Why Furnace Maintenance is Important.
Live in East Nashville or Far East Nashville (also known as Madison, TN)? Contact Cumberland Cooling at 615-576-0742 to discuss heating and cooling installation, annual furnace maintenance, or to figure out whether or not it’s time to repair or replace your HVAC unit. As always, estimates and opinions are always free.