With over 70 years of experience, Rebmann’s veteran heating contractor team has compiled a to-do list of the most important places to check for heating loss in your home or office. Heat loss can contribute to soaring energy bills, chilly nights, and appliances that work overtime to keep you from shivering.
Rebmann = Heating Contractor Expertise
Commercial and residential heating is the name of the game at Rebmann. Our company offers plumbing, cooling, and heating services with 24-hour on call service for emergencies. We stress preventative maintenance to save you extraneous costs. For homes and offices of any shape and size, your heating costs may be influenced by areas of your home that need inspection or repair. Calling Rebmann ensures your heating contractor will be ready to tackle any problems with efficiency and professionalism.
A Heating Contractor’s To Do List
You can check out your home for heat loss before you have to call a professional to get an idea of some of the changes you can make to improve the efficiency of your home or office.
Check Windows and Doors
- Seals and cracks can deplete heat around doorframes and windows. Checking around crown molding to make sure it lies flush with the walls.
- Caulking can disintegrate with age and leave you susceptible to heat loss from windows.
- Secure glass and tight screens make sure that air isn’t leaking in or out. Make sure that glass is not loose or broken in the window.
- Weather stripping makes sure that no matter the condition, your heat stays in and the weather stays out. Replace your weather stripping if it is falling away from the building or has the potential to let cold weather in.
- Vents are a common source of heat loss to the lowest level of your house. Vents may be directed improperly, lowering your efficiency. They can also become clogged, so cleaning vents regularly is important.
- Fans that direct your air around your home can become tilted, blocked, or slow. Older homes may have fans in discrete locations in the basement, so having a trained technician may be necessary to find or reach a fan for servicing. Older homes may need more efficient fans or work to secure them properly.
- Ducting can become disconnected, leaking your heat before it ever reaches your rooms. Ducting in the lower levels of your home is just as important as in the attic. Making sure that your duct work is safe and secure will make sure that you know all of your heat is making it where it should go and not leaking before it even makes it to your rooms.
- Any unused/open electrical outlets should have foam gaskets to prevent air movement through the plate.
- Secure and fasten plates firmly to the wall – replace if cracked or fitting improperly, as any opening or crevice allows for air flow.
- Once your heat is turned on for the season, store your window AC unit in a cool, dry place during the winter.
- This eliminates air travel around the sides of the unit as temporary structures are hard to completely secure.
- Save money by only running one system at a time
- Raise your efficiency by keeping your heat in and the cold out!
- Cracks in your walls and floors, missing or loose ceiling tiles, and insulation need to be checked.
- Heat rises, so cracks or openings may be unintentionally heating another room or structure.
- Replacing ceiling tiles is an important task if necessary to trap heat below the ceiling.
- Cracks that are not intended for hot and cold air can develop allergens like mold and mildew from constricted space and vast temperature differences.
- Install and properly fit damper to ensure ventilation and effective heat saving.
- Close damper when not in use so as not to allow cold air in when there’s no fire.
- Check if chimney is clear and safe before using each year for the safety and comfort of your home.
- Cans used for recessed lighting make up an average of 13% of heat loss in the home!
- Weather stripping needs to be installed/repaired to keep heat from traveling through the ceiling
- Older homes were not installed with insulation like they are today so you may need to have a technician measure for heat loss from your recessed lighting
An experienced technician can help you reach hard-to-fit places and identify even the most invisible of heating leaks. Routine inspections will help you save money and keep your appliances lasting longer by eliminating strain on your struggling thermostat. Evaluating your home regularly as preventative maintenance can save you from missing small signs that may point to a problem.
Call Rebmann today to have an expert heating contractor help you evaluate your home or business today!