Are you the type to roll up your sleeves and tackle projects on your own? Looking for new ways to save some cash and keep your Birmingham, Alabama, home a bit warmer this winter? You’re in luck! Even if you aren’t mechanically inclined, there’s plenty you can do to help your heater work better and more efficiently. Do your home heating system a favor and try your hand at these simple winter maintenance tips.

Change Your HVAC Filter

An HVAC filter is like a magnet for dirt, dust, dander and a panoply of other particulate pollutants. In fact, that’s exactly what it’s designed to do. Unfortunately, this means it can get dirty pretty quickly. A dirty air filter restricts airflow and causes your heater to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. This means higher utility bills and increased wear and tear over time. The good news is that swapping out a dirty filter is one of the simplest tasks you can do. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends changing your filter at least once every three months.

Weatherize Your Home

At its core, weatherization is simply the act of making your home more airtight and efficient. Think of it like preparing your home to do battle with the elements. Here are a few easy ways you can roll up your sleeves and start weatherizing:

  • Seal seams around windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping.
  • Apply window insulation film to windows you don’t use.
  • Ensure that your attic is properly insulated and add more insulation if necessary.

Weatherizing your home is a great way to ease the burden on your heater and improve your comfort level. Even better, it can also lower your HVAC costs no matter the season.

When it comes to your home heating, a little bit of attention can go a long way. The work you put into your home will repay you with improved comfort and savings all through the winter months. For more on how you can keep your heater in top condition, check out Total Comfort Heating and Air’s heating maintenance services or call (205) 386-2056.

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