We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Maximizing Your Older Home's Energy Efficiency Without Sacrificing Any Of Its Character
If you live in an older home, don’t resign yourself to higher energy costs for the sake of charm. You can improve your older home’s energy efficiency with a few simple steps without sacrificing its character. Follow these simple tips to boost your home’s efficiency and enjoy more comfort at a lower cost.
Seal air leaks
On a cool, windy day, close your doors and windows, turn off your furnace and turn on all of the exhaust fans in your home. Move an incense stick around these common leak sites. When the smoke wavers, seal the air leak.
Doors and windows. Apply caulk between stationary building components and install weatherstripping between moving parts of doors and windows.
Walls and floors. Seal cracks and holes in your walls and floors with caulk.
Outlet and light switch covers. Install precut foam gaskets behind cover plates on exterior walls.
Attics, basements and utility rooms. Apply caulk to gaps where vents, pipes and utility service entrances penetrate the outer wall of your home.
Chimney. Keep your damper closed when you aren’t using your fireplace.
Your attic walls, floors and access hatch. Fiberglass insulation should be at least 11 inches thick; loose fill should be at least 8 inches thick.
Any unconditioned crawl spaces.
Check existing insulation for water stains, indicating air leaks. Seal leaks and replace damaged insulation.
For more expert advice on improving your older home’s energy efficiency, or to schedule a comprehensive energy audit with one of our qualified professionals, please contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal, serving northwest Arkansas for more than 40 years.