While summer still lingers, we’ve officially crossed into autumn territory, which means that winter is just around the corner. And with winter comes potential problems with our heating systems—and they can arrive seemingly out of nowhere.
Whether you’ve called Cold Spring, NY, home your entire life or you’re new to the area, you know that it lives up to its name. Winters here can be quite harsh, and it’s always smart to reach out to local heating services to ensure your home is ready to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the coldest months of the year.
But even new homes may experience cold or drafty conditions, which can confuse and irritate homeowners. While each situation is different, we at MJS Plumbing & Heating have highlighted some of the most common issues that can create cold homes. Here’s what you need to know, and how we can help you stay warm this winter.
Common heating issues
One of the most frustrating experiences you can have with your heat is seeing that it is running, but your home is still cold. Or, some rooms are toasty and others remain cold. A few scenarios could be at play here:
- Faulty ductwork
- Ineffective insulation
- Failing heat pump, boiler, or furnace
Issue #1: Ductwork
Let’s start with ductwork. If your ductwork is in poor shape, it can benefit from fiberglass insulation or wrapped in foil-faced duct tape. This relatively simple solution can work wonders in keeping your home warm and is often a welcomed relief that this is the issue, not something more severe or expensive.
However, it’s important to have us assess your ductwork. Unfortunately, not every home has the most optimal ductwork design. Ductwork functions best when it complements your home’s layout and is built to accommodate its size. Older homes may experience more issues with this, but newer homes may, too. Rooms’ proximity to your heating source also plays a big role in how well your home is heated.
Issue #2: Ineffective insulation
Much like how insulation benefits ductwork, insulation throughout your home is key to keeping your heat in while keeping the cold out. If your home is not properly insulated, it can escape through many areas, including:
- Cracks and holes
Older homes are more often impacted by these issues, but newer homes are not immune; windows not meant to withstand winters like the ones we get in Cold Spring may be used on some newer, cheaper builds. These windows not only cause headaches concerning heating but can drive up utility costs, too.
There are relatively simple solutions to these issues, too. For windows, installing heaver, thicker blinds can help keep cold air out. Installing new weather stripping around doors can help ensure your heat is kept within your home. If there are any cracks in your walls, caulking can remedy the issue, and provide a cost-effective solution if this is the source of the problem.
Issue #3: A failing heat source
No matter how you heat your home, there’s always a chance that the source may no longer effectively generate heat. When you reach out to MJS Plumbing & Heating, we’ll inspect your unit to make sure it’s functioning properly. If not, one of our licensed and insured technicians will provide recommendations to remedy the issue, or suggest to replace the unit altogether. Whatever the need is, we can handle it and make sure you and your home remain warm this winter.
Trust MJS Plumbing & Heating
Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve lived in your home for decades, there’s no need to shiver through a Cold Spring, NY, winter. Our local heating services can help ensure your home is ready for the cold months ahead—and for years to come. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.