Although the winter temperatures in Hilton Head, SC can be mild, there are occasions upon which the mercury falls dramatically. Even during mild winter weather, weatherization of your home can make a big difference in comfort levels for your family. Additionally, prevention of energy loss can keep your utility bills from climbing out of reach during the season, allowing you to spend more of your time and money on the activities your family enjoys.
Important Fall Weatherization Actions
One of the most significant issues that can reduce the efficiency of your heating system this winter is air leaks. In order to avoid energy loss that can accompany pesky drafts, you may want to spend some time this fall reviewing the caulking and weather stripping throughout your home. Additionally, you will want to check the condition of your attic to be sure that it is conducive to good comfort management. Following are some top priorities:
- Sealant on windows – You might use caulk or silicone based on existing materials and visual effects. Both are inexpensive and can be replaced easily. Work meticulously to inspect the material in place, removing brittle sections and replacing. Keep extra material on hand for dealing with new leaks this winter.
- Fix or replace weather stripping – Older weather stripping may dry out and crack, leaving space around your doors vulnerable to cold air leaks. Check for sagging sections that may have lost their adhesive quality. You might try using fresh adhesive to hold the existing material in place. You may also want to replace such sections to ensure longer protection from drafts.
- Attic insulation – If your insulation has become soggy or soiled because of issues such as roof leaks, you may need to replace part or all of the material. You should also be sure that such a leak has been fixed. If your material is intact but allows the floor joists to be viewed in the attic, you may want to add extra insulation to reduce energy loss.
- Soffit inspection – Your soffit vents can become blocked by debris such as fall leaves, creating a ventilation problem that can negatively affect your roofing system. An attic that is poorly ventilated can lead to problems for your roofing and comfort systems, making it important to inspect the area before the winter arrives.
Consider Alternative Energy Sources
You should have your heating equipment inspected during the fall months as a part of your winter preparation. This will ensure that your system operates efficiently and safely. At the same time, you may want to ask your technician from Gray’s Heating & Air Conditioning about options such as geothermal heat pumps. If you are considering a transition in heating equipment, fall is the perfect time to make the change. A geothermal system may be appropriate if your home has a sizeable yard, if you operate a well on your property, or if you are situated close to a lake or pond. You can contact us to learn more about the best geothermal home comfort options for your needs.