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Three Tips to Keep Your Portland Home Comfortable in the Cooler Months

November 24, 2015

The plummeting temperatures in Portland aren’t leaving, and while it’s not hard to fantasize about the warmer temps, it’s critical to remember that you can stay just as comfortable during cooler months. Of course, your air conditioner plays a big role in this, which is why it’s so important to schedule annual air conditioner service.

We do have to note that there aren’t many things that will provide as much to your comfort during these months as a well-tuned air conditioner. That’s why air conditioner service is suggested to be done annually. After all, who wants to spend these cooler months not knowing if their air conditioner is going to keep them warm the entire time?

Already check off your annual air conditioner service? Here are a few other jobs you can do to help keep your home comfortable:

  • Energy audit — many energy companies will provide an energy audit for your home so you can find areas that need improving. You might be surprised what areas are letting hot or cold air to get out.
  • Weatherstripping — regardless of the door, doors permit the opportunity for a lot of warm air to get in to your home. However, when your door is shut, you can 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 permitting cold air inside. If you find any problems, weatherstripping is simple to replace and can take care of the problem.
  • Recessed lighting — one of the most common areas for air leaks can be your recessed lighting. Depending on how old your lights are, they may be letting all the hot air in your home sneak out through your ceiling. Fixing this is as simple as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape.

These couple tips are just a place to start, but do note that there are other simple fixes you can do once you’ve had annual air conditioner service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy projects to accomplish on the weekend. However, if you still need to arrange air conditioner service, give the team at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling a call at 503-213-4433 or set up an appointment with us online.