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September 17, 2013

TIPS: Winterizing Your Home or Office

Winterizing your home or office is an important part of property management to help keep energy consumption and costs in check. Even with Tennessee’s relatively mild winters, every little bit can help cut energy costs. Fortunately, there are a number of easy, cost-saving measures to make sure you are not left out in the cold.

  • Schedule an annual cleaning of your HVAC system. Neglected equipment can lead to higher utility fees.
  • Change furnace filters at least once a month. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand.
  • Inspect air supply ducts and make sure they are properly insulated and sealed. According to The U.S. Department of Energy, neglected ducts can cause the loss of up to 60% of conditioned air before it reaches the vents.
  • Check the caulking and weatherstripping around your windows and doors to minimize air infiltration. Drafts can waste 5% – 30% of energy use.
  • Check for any plumbing pipes in unconditioned spaces and insulate accordingly.
  • Drain all outdoor plumbing pipes, including hose bibs and irrigation systems.
  • When not in use, close your fireplace dampers.

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