How to keep your Beaverton home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The plummeting temperatures in Beaverton aren’t heading anywhere, and while it’s simple to dream about the warmer temperatures, it’s critical to remember that you can remain just as comfortable during winter. Of course, your furnace plays a large role in this, which is why it’s so important 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 scheduled annually. After all, who wants to spend a frigid winter not knowing if their furnace is going to keep them comfortable the whole time? Already check off your annual furnace service? Here are a couple other tasks you can do to help keep your home comfortable: Energy audit — most energy companies will provide an energy audit for your home so you can uncover areas that need fixed. You could be surprised what areas are permitting hot or cold air to escape. Weatherstripping — regardless of the door, doors allow the opportunity for a lot of cold air to get in to your home. However, when your door is shut, you may still have air making its way inside. 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 easy to switch out and may take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common places for air leaks could be your recessed lighting. Depending on the light’s age, they may be letting all the hot air in your home get out through your ceiling. Fixing this is as simple as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape. These three tips are just a starting point, but do recognize that there are other easy fixes you can handle once you’ve had annual furnace service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy projects to do on the weekend. However, if you still need to arrange furnace service, give the experts at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or set up an appointment with us online.