Cooler temperatures bring changes to our homes and, consequently, our heating bill. Cold days are coming and you don’t want to wait until temperatures drop to prepare for winter. Now is the time to begin weatherproofing your home. And, if you are not sure where to begin, just keep reading!
Below we have put together a comprehensive list of tasks to help you prepare and protect your home for winter.
Inspect Your Heating Service: Don’t wait for it to get cold to discover your heating system is not working. Once the cold weather hits, HVAC service providers will start to book up, and it could take days before someone can come out to service your heater. Switch your thermostat from cool to heat; wait a few minutes- then check to see if there is any warm air blowing. If there is no warm air coming from the vents, now is the time to schedule an appointment with your preferred HVAC professional.
Check Your Fireplace/Chimney: According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), homeowners should have a chimney cleaned and inspected once a year. Hiring a professional cleaning service to sweep the chimney and remove flammable residue will ensure a safe and health hazard-free fireplace.
Insulate Windows: If you have drafty windows, it can be difficult to keep the cold out and the heat inside of your home; As a result, your power bill is likely to increase. Be sure to keep your home warmer this winter by caulking the window seals, covering windows with window film, or hanging up thermal curtains.
DIY Winter Proofing Your Home Projects:
Here is a list of small weatherproofing jobs that can make a real difference once winter hits. These simple tasks could save you a lot of hassle and money too!
Clean gutters and downspouts in mid-fall and double-check them before winter.
Replace the filter in your furnace.
Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.
Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water.
Buy a snow shovel and other winter supplies before the messy weather hits.
Keep extra water and canned food in storage, just in case.
Test your heating system so that you know it will work properly when you need it.
Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.
You are ready for winter! Enjoy.
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