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January 16, 2016

Weatherproofing your Dumas, Texas, home will keep it more comfortable and lower your utility bills in summer and winter. It also extends the life of your HVAC system by reducing the work needed to heat or cool your home, preventing wear and inconvenient breakdowns. Here are some of the best ways to weatherproof your home.

Make Sure Your Insulation Is in Good Condition

Insulation helps keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. Unfortunately, water from a leaky roof or high humidity in your home encourages mold and mildew growth in many types of insulation, lowering your indoor air quality. A musty or stale smell is one of the first signs of mold. Some insulation also becomes more compact and less effective over time. Check your insulation for gaps and mold at least once per year and after severe storms.  You can also save money by adding insulation to the outside of any ductwork in uninsulated areas like your basement.

Update Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are some of the biggest sources of drafts, but you can make them more efficient with easy improvements. Window shades and attractive curtains will keep heat in at night, and you can open them during the day for natural, free light and heat. Curtains can also make your home quieter. Add weatherstripping at the bottoms of windows and doors to prevent air leaks and use caulk to patch gaps around window frames and other, smaller drafty spots.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Regular maintenance prevents expensive, inconvenient problems and keeps your system running at peak efficiency. Have your ductwork checked for leaks along with the rest of your home. You should also clean your ducts every few years or when you can see dust just inside vents. Too much dust and dirt clogs filters faster, lowers air quality, and forces your system to work harder.

Winkelman Heating & Air Conditioning has over 30 years of experience. Call us anytime at 806-553-4698 for help with weatherproofing your home, as well as installation, maintenance, and repairs.

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