How to keep your Scottsboro home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The dipping temperatures in Scottsboro aren’t going anywhere, and while it’s simple to dream about the warmer weather, it’s important 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 crucial to complete annual furnace service. We do have to note that there aren’t many things that will contribute as much to your comfort this winter as a well-tuned furnace. That’s why furnace service should 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 check off your annual furnace service? Here are a handful of other jobs you can do to help keep your home comfortable: Energy audit — a lot of energy companies will provide an energy audit for your home so you can uncover areas that need addressed. You might be surprised what areas are permitting hot or cold air to escape. Weatherstripping — regardless of which door it is, doors allow the opportunity for a lot of cold air to make it’s way inside your home. However, when your door is shut, you can still have air making its way indoors. Check to see if your weatherstripping is all good or if it’s worn, torn, or damaged in any other way that could be permitting cold air inside. If you notice any concerns, weatherstripping is basic to swap and may take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common areas for air leaks can be your recessed lighting. Depending on the light’s age, they could 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 the beginning, but do realize that there are other basic fixes you can handle once you’ve had annual furnace service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy things to do on the weekend. However, if you still need to arrange furnace service, give the experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 or arrange an appointment with us online.