Tips to Increase Home Comfort During the Winter

It’s possible to increase home comfort without turning up your thermostat during our short winters by making affordable improvements to your home. Heat constantly moves toward cooler temperatures, while excessively dry air decreases comfort levels. Addressing thermal transfer and humidifying indoor air will take the burden off your heating system without sacrificing your comfort.

Check your insulation. It’s much more comfortable to assess your attic’s insulation during the winter than during the summer. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests that the minimum amount of insulation in your home should be at least 10 inches thick, especially if you have fiberglass or blown-in insulation. Adding more is one of the most affordable ways to reduce energy bills year-round, a project that’s normally easy enough to install by a homeowner.

Look for air leaks. Leaks around exterior door and window frames are common and are easy to spot during an inspection of your home’s exterior. Exterior caulk is easy to apply and can increase home comfort immediately. Additionally, applying fresh weatherstripping around door frames and draft blockers can seal your doors from air infiltration.

Plumbing, wires and cables may also have gaps around them that require sealing with foam. If you have a fireplace, check that the damper fits tightly inside the chimney. Chimney stoppers or chimney balloons will seal leaks, preventing a good deal of conditioned air from escaping outside.

Humidify your air. Use an inexpensive hygrometer to measure the humidity in your home and take steps to keep it between 30 and 50 percent. Dry air always feels cooler. You can increase the level by using kitchen and bathroom vent fans sparingly, running portable humidifiers, or by using a central humidifier that attaches to your heating system. A central system offers complete humidity control, easy maintenance and usually uses less energy than several portable humidifiers.

The experts at Beyer Boys can help you increase your home comfort this winter by helping you humidify your living space and servicing your heating system. We’ve been providing top-notch HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners since 1990.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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