With the icy chill of New Jersey’s winter just around the corner, it is the perfect time of year to start thinking about weatherproofing your home. By making sure your house is adequately prepared for the cold weather ahead, you can enjoy lower heating costs and cozier living space all winter long. The following tips will help you maximize your home’s efficiency and keep the chill of winter at bay: Make your home as airtight as possible by sealing leaks. As hot air rises and escapes from the upper levels of your home, cold air is simultaneously drawn in through cracks and openings in the lower levels. The result is a chimney effect that can leave your home drafty, cold, and uncomfortable. You can fix this problem by sealing leaks throughout your entire living area. Common problem areas include around windows and doors, in attics and basements, around pipes and ductwork, and in seams where different types of building materials meet. Schedule a tune-up for your heating system. During a typical furnace inspection, an HVAC specialist performs several tasks designed to check for safety and maximize the efficiency of your heating system. The initial expense of a fall furnace inspection can easily be recouped through energy savings throughout the winter. Not only that, but it can give you peace of mind knowing that potential safety issues have been addressed. Seal your ductwork to stop hot air from escaping before it ever reaches your living area. Leaky ductwork can dramatically reduce your home’s efficiency and cost you a bundle of wasted heat. Signs of leaky ducts include rooms that never seem to warm up or difficulty keeping your home warm no matter how high you set the thermostat. If you would like more great ideas on how to prepare your home for the chill of winter, contact us at Pipe Works Services. We proudly serve the residents of northern New Jersey and look forward to working with you. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about winter preparations and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today! Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.