I’m very pleased to be going into the new year given how the last two years have gone.
2020 saw me cooped up inside the air conditioning of my home for the year due to the pandemic.
The past year, 2021, was better thanks to vaccinations but still a very real challenge to deal with. I’m hoping that 2022 will bring us that much closer to a new normal and much less pandemic. However, I’m starting off the new year with a very cozy home for the first time. And I haven’t even abandoned my thermostat discipline. The reason for this turn of events has everything to do with some winter preparation. This past fall was the first time that I have ever taken the time to actually see if I could help the HVAC equipment out. Instead of just trying to limit the thermostat range, I went the extra step this year by sealing the house up really tight. This has had the effect of getting the most out of the HVAC unit. Of course, I had the HVAC company come out to do the heating maintenance. HVAC maintenance is really essential. Getting consistent, seasonal HVAC maintenance adds years to the life of the HVAC equipment. And with that HVAC service, the gas furnace will also run at its most efficient as well. That really helps with the rising costs of heating utilities. But making sure that all the entrances were tight with new weather stripping was really important as well. Additionally, I sealed up any gap or crack I could find on the exterior and added some extra rolls of insulation as well.