How to keep your Olathe home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The dropping temperatures in Olathe aren’t leaving, and while it’s easy to dream about the warmer temps, it’s crucial to remember that you can remain just as comfortable during winter. Of course, your furnace plays a huge role in this, which is why it’s so vital to keep up with annual furnace service. We do have to mention that there are only a couple things that will provide as much to your comfort this winter as a well-tuned furnace. That’s why furnace service should be completed annually. After all, who wants to spend a frigid 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 jobs you can do to help keep your home comfortable: Energy audit — most energy companies will provide an energy audit for your home so you can identify areas that need addressed. You might be surprised what areas are allowing hot or cold air to get out. Weatherstripping — regardless of the door, doors permit the opportunity for a lot of cold air to get in to your home. However, when your door is shut, you may still have air making its way in your home. Check to see if your weatherstripping is all good or if it’s worn, torn, or damaged in any other way that could be letting cold air inside. If you uncover any concerns, weatherstripping is easy to swap and can take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common places for air leaks may be your recessed lighting. Depending on the age of your lights, they might be letting all the hot air in your home escape through your ceiling. Fixing this is as basic as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape. These handful tips are just a starting point, but do realize that there are other basic fixes you can handle once you’ve had annual furnace service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy things to do on the weekend. However, if you still need to arrange furnace service, give the experts at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 913-432-3342 or set up an appointment with us online.