How to keep your Lake Charles home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The dipping temperatures in Lake Charles aren’t leaving, and while it’s not hard to daydream about the warmer temps, it’s crucial to remember that you can continue to be just as comfortable during winter. Of course, your furnace plays a huge role in this, which is why it’s so crucial to keep up with annual furnace service. We do have to bring up the fact that there are only a couple things that will provide as much to your comfort this season as a well-tuned furnace. That’s why furnace service is recommended be done annually. After all, who wants to spend a long winter not knowing if their furnace is going to keep them covered the entire time? Already check off your annual furnace service? Here are a handful of other things you can do to help keep your home comfortable: Energy audit — many energy companies will have an energy audit for your home so you can identify areas that need addressed. You may be surprised what areas are permitting hot or cold air to sneak out. Weatherstripping — regardless of the door, doors allow the opportunity for a lot of cold air to get in to your home. However, when your door is shut, you could still have air making its way indoors. Check to see if your weatherstripping is all good or if it’s worn, torn, or damaged in any other way that could be allowing cold air inside. If you find any concerns, weatherstripping is simple to swap and may take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common culprits for air leaks may be your recessed lighting. Depending on how old your lights are, they might be letting all the hot air in your home get out through your ceiling. Fixing this is as simple as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape. These couple of 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 do on the weekend. However, if you still need to arrange furnace service, give the team at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc a call at 337-335-0992 or schedule an appointment with us online.