How to keep your Hattiesburg home comfortable this winter11/24/2015The dropping temperatures in Hattiesburg aren’t heading anywhere, and while it’s simple to daydream about the warmer weather, it’s important to remember that you can remain just as comfortable during winter. Of course, your furnace plays a big role in this, which is why it’s so vital to keep up with annual furnace service. We do have to mention that there are few things that will contribute as much to your comfort this season as a well-tuned furnace. That’s why furnace service is suggested to be done annually. After all, who wants to spend a cold winter not knowing if their furnace is going to keep them comfortable the whole time? Already done with your annual furnace service? Here are a handful of 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 uncover areas that need addressed. You might be surprised what areas are letting hot or cold air to escape. Weatherstripping — regardless of which door it is, doors permit the opportunity for a lot of cold air to come 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 all good or if it’s worn, torn, or damaged in any other way that could be permitting cold air inside. If you uncover any concerns, weatherstripping is simple to switch out and may take care of the problem. Recessed lighting — one of the most common areas for air leaks may 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 easy as sealing it with caulk or aluminum tape. These three tips are just a starting point, but do realize that there are other basic fixes you can do once you’ve had annual furnace service completed. Many of them can be cost-effective and easy jobs to complete on the weekend. However, if you still need to arrange furnace service, give the pros at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 601-268-3486 or schedule an appointment with us online.