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Drafty Windows and Other Threats to Your Home’s Heating Efficiency


If there were an easy way to increase your home comfort and lower your heating bill at the same time, you’d do it, right? Well, the good news is, there are many simple steps you can take to do so this winter! When you need residential heating services, we’re certainly the team to call—but we do even more than that!

We also replace windows and doors. Did you know a large part of your HVAC efficiency can actually be lost due to drafts? And old windows are one of the biggest threats to lost efficiency. What happens is that you run your heater, but that heat starts escaping through drafts, and as such your home never reaches the temperature you have set on the thermostat—you try to turn your thermostat up to fix the problem, but your home never reaches that temperature either. So, the heater keeps running inefficiently since you don’t know what else to do.

Drafty windows certainly aren’t the only threat to heating efficiency, however. Read on as we explore some other opportunities you might be missing.

Skipped Maintenance

When is the last time you had maintenance scheduled for your heater? If you don’t remember or it wasn’t within the last year, then it’s definitely time to schedule services now. Preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to makes sure you’re getting the most from your heating system.

When you adequately tune-up your heating system, you’ll get the best quality from your system. It lowers your heating bills, increases your comfort, and improves your overall indoor air quality.

Heating system maintenance is simple and cost-effective. We even offer a heating maintenance plan that allows you to save in even more ways.

An Outdated Thermostat

What type of thermostat are you using in your home? If your answer is a manual slider thermostat or even a basic, older digital thermostat, you could use an upgrade! A Wi-Fi, or better yet, a smart thermostat can do you a world of good.

A smart thermostat learns from your preferred temperatures and peak times to offer you optimized heating and cooling, and over time these thermostats can even highlight opportunities for you to save energy. A smart thermostat is cost-effective and efficient.

Damaged Ducts

Did you know you could be losing up to 30% of the heated air you’re paying for through damaged ductwork? If your air ducts are old, worn out, or even just improperly sealed, fixing them will dramatically boost your home’s efficiency. When you’re losing air from your ductwork, your heater will run longer to keep your home warm, and therefore your heating bills will skyrocket since you’re losing so much heated air.

Professional duct sealing, repair, or replacement services will help you waste less heated air and subsequently will help boost HVAC efficiency, since your system won’t have to work as hard to heat your home.

Whether you need expert heating services or are exploring your window replacement options in Olympia, WA, Sunset Air is the team to call! Contact us today.

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