Comfort Maximized – From New Plants to Furnace Service12/11/2015 With cooler temperatures settled in and days that seem like there’s barely any sunshine, it can be hard to always feel like your home is a cozy place to be. That goes far beyond completing annual furnace service too, because there are various things you can do to help make your home feel cozy even when your furnace is operating at its peak. Here are a few that we find particularly helpful here in Crystal Lake: Seal air leaks. Air leaks, whether they’re around your windows or your doors, may mean quite a bit of air is sneaking out of your home. It goes without saying that the air that you’ve just paid to be heated or cooled is heading outside also. There are a variety of choices that can help you close those gaps, from weatherstripping to caulking, and they are fairly basic fixes for homeowners to handle themselves. Change your furnace filter. This is one of the most critical things you can do to not only boost your furnace’s efficiency, but also to help save you on your bills. Plus, you don’t need to have your furnace service technician to do it, you can take care of it yourself. It’s normally recommended to swap your furnace filter every one or two months to get the most out of its performance, but some can last even longer. Get plants. Indoor plants can provide a number of comforts for your home. Not only are they visually appealing, they can potentially better your indoor air quality as well because plants absorb a variety of toxins that are emitted from a variety of common household cleaners, paints and other products. Furnace service. This should be something that you’re already handling, but it never hurts to get a reminder. Having furnace service performed annually helps make sure that your furnace is in working-order, and if there’s a need for repairs, those can be fixed so your comfort isn’t compromised. It doesn’t have to feel hard to keep a comfortable home when winter sets in. Feel free to give us a call at 815-788-6283 or set up an appointment online to hear about any of these suggestions or find out more about furnaces, our furnace service or anything else comfort related.