How to keep your Ridgedale and the Branson area home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The dipping temperatures in Ridgedale and the Branson area aren’t going anywhere, and while it’s easy to daydream about the warmer weather, it’s important to remember that you can continue to be just as comfortable during winter. Of course, your furnace plays a big role in this, which is why it’s so vital to complete annual furnace service. We do have to bring up the fact that there aren’t many things that will offer as much to your comfort this season as a well-tuned furnace. That’s why furnace service is suggested to be done annually. After all, who wants to spend a long winter not knowing if their furnace is going to keep them covered the entire time? Already complete your annual furnace service? Here are a few other jobs you can do to help keep your home comfortable: Energy audit — most energy companies will offer an energy audit for your home so you can identify areas that need improving. You may be surprised what areas are permitting hot or cold air to get out. Weatherstripping — regardless of the door, doors offer the opportunity for a lot of cold air to get in to your home. However, when your door is shut, you can still have air making its way indoors. Check to see if your weatherstripping is in-tact or if it’s worn, torn, or damaged in any other way that could be allowing cold air inside. If you uncover any issues, weatherstripping is basic to swap and can take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common areas for air leaks could be your recessed lighting. Depending on the age of your lights, they could be letting all the hot air in your home escape through your ceiling. Fixing this is as simple as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape. These handful tips are just a place to start, but do recognize that there are other basic fixes you can do once you’ve had annual furnace service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy projects to complete on the weekend. However, if you still need to set up furnace service, give the pros at Branson HVAC, LLC a call at 417-544-4430 or set up an appointment with us online.