How to keep your Zelienople home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The dipping temperatures in Zelienople aren’t going anywhere, and while it’s simple to daydream about the warmer weather, it’s critical to remember that you can stay just as comfortable during winter. Of course, your furnace plays a huge role in this, which is why it’s so crucial to complete annual furnace service. We do have to mention that there aren’t many things that will contribute as much to your comfort this year as a well-tuned furnace. That’s why furnace service is recommended be completed annually. After all, who wants to spend a cold winter not knowing if their furnace is going to keep them warm the entire season? Already complete your annual furnace service? Here are a handful of other tasks you can do to help keep your home comfortable: Energy audit — many energy companies will provide an energy audit for your home so you can identify areas that need improving. You could be surprised what areas are permitting hot or cold air to escape. Weatherstripping — regardless of which door it is, doors offer the opportunity for a lot of cold air to come in to your home. However, when your door is shut, you can still have air making its way inside. Check to see if your weatherstripping is in-tact or if it’s worn, torn, or damaged in any other way that could be permitting cold air inside. If you notice any concerns, weatherstripping is basic to replace and could take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common areas for air leaks may be your recessed lighting. Depending on the age of your lights, they may be letting all the hot air in your home escape through your ceiling. Fixing this is as basic as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape. These handful tips are just a place to start, but do recognize that there are other easy fixes you can handle once you’ve had annual furnace service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy projects to complete on the weekend. However, if you still need to schedule furnace service, give the pros at Knoechel Heating Company a call at 724-452-6280 or set up an appointment with us online.