As temperatures drop, it’s important to ensure that your property is fully-prepared for a cold, hard winter. Below are some helpful and sustainable winterization tips to keep your home or building warm this winter without breaking the bank.
If you’re a property manager, space heater use by your tenants is a strong sign that your building’s HVAC systems are not working correctly. Schedule a professional service like MaintenX to inspect your system.
Have the insulation—especially attic insulation—inspected regularly to ensure that heat doesn’t escape in the winter and invade interior spaces in the summer.
Ceiling Fan Direction
Reverse the direction on your ceiling fans twice a year (counterclockwise in the winter, clockwise in the summer). This will redirect the airflow and save on energy consumption.
- Keep all air supply vents free from obstructions (furniture, rugs, clutter, etc.), ensure that the vents are clean and, if they are adjustable, angle air so that warm air is directed out, not up, and towards the most-used parts of the building
- Close supply vents in unused rooms to keep warm air only where it is needed.
- Clean or replace your furnace’s air filters regularly (Filter replacement schedules are variable depending on filter type, MERV rating, and frequency of use. Checking them once a month is a good way of creating an easy schedule).
- If your heating system is older than fifteen years, it might be time for a new system.
For more information, contact the HVAC specialists at MaintenX today!