Winter Blues Hitting Your Fairfax Home? Healthy Tips for Combating Them
Taking positive steps in the winter to make your home more comfortable will help with combating winter blues. Odds are you spend more time indoors, and undertaking projects that lend themselves to winter will help manage heating costs will increase your comfort and personal satisfaction.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Turning down the heat at night saves energy dollars and may help you sleep better, but waking up to a chilly home doesn’t make getting out of bed easy. A programmable thermostat can be set to automatically turn down the temperature at night and warm your home just before you get up. You can set it to lower the temperature when you leave for the day, and heat it up just before you return.
Maintain the Heating System
A clean heating system operates more efficiently and reduces the possibility of breakdowns. Keep the air filter for the indoor air handler clean by checking it monthly and changing when necessary. A professional tune-up improves furnace efficiency and may turn up small problems that are easier and less costly to fix when found early.
Open Window Coverings
If you’re affected by short days and cloudy weather, open window coverings when the sun is shining. Sunshine is one of the best ways for combating winter blues, and it also helps you warm your home passively, particularly from south- and west-facing windows.
Set Constructive Goals
Some home improvement projects that don’t carry a hefty price tag benefit you year-round, like sealing air leaks around your home and adding extra attic insulation. It’s easy to feel the air leaks in your home’s envelope when it’s cold outside. Applying caulk when temperatures are mild to the exterior window frames will stop many leaks. Fresh door weatherstripping will block cold air from blowing indoors. Sealing air leaks between the ceiling and the attic will minimize ice dams, as will increasing insulation levels overhead.
An efficient home and heating system help with combating winter blues and HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning can help. We provide top-notch HVAC services for homeowners in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties.
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