Sealing in the heat, Missoula experts offer tips

November 5, 2013 by  
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MISSOULA – Temperatures are beginning to dip and that means it’s time to think about winterizing your home.

Heating has evolved from burning logs in the fireplace to using radiators, and even solar power, but you don’t have to get a new heating system to save energy. We researched tips and talked with a local expert about the little things you can do to maximize savings.

“Snow’s flying and everybody panics,” said John Anderson, President of Anderson’s Heating and Air Conditioning.

Although there’s been some on the ground, it’s still fall – but Anderson says it’s a good time to begin inspecting your home for the colder weather ahead.

One of the top things Anderson is used to looking for is a leak.

“You can have a house that’s well insulated but if the air is blowing through it, it’s not keeping the heat,” said Anderson. Experts suggest checking for air leaks around utility work, and weatherproofing doors and windows.

“So if you’re outside and you have a gap in your window you’ll want to caulk that with a good grade of sealant,” said Anderson.

Anderson also tells us it pays to keep your heating system properly maintained, starting with a clean air filter. He also suggests using a programmable thermostat to save energy when you’re not home.

“This is a pond loop, we’re geo source heating, that’s ground source, and we extract heat out of the pond.”

Now, if you’re in the market for a new heater, Anderson recommends looking for potential discounts in the form of tax rebates and incentives on eco-friendly systems.

Anderson also tells us that if you’re trying to save by using a space heater, he recommends checking to see if the electric rate is lower than the gas rate.

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