As the colder months draw near, it is important as homeowners that we prepare our homes before the cooler temps settle in. Many of these steps will help you to prepare your home for cooler temps and to stay warm and save money throughout all winter long.
1. Clean Out the Gutters
During the fall season, the leaves will fall and the howling winds blow debris into your gutters causing clogged gutters and drains. Prior to freezing temps, it is important to clear your gutters of an obstructions in order to prevent ice dams from forming. Ice dams can cause water seepage into your home leading to expensive repair costs. Get ahead of the problem and save yourself the trouble and money and clean the gutters before the cold temps are here to stay.
2. Keep the Outside Air Out and the Inside Air In
To increase energy savings, it is important to ensure there are no air leaks in your home. Warm air will escape out of any cracks and can make your heating system work harder and cost you more to heat your home. To fix any issues, you can use caulk to seal cracks and openings in door frames and weatherstripping to seal windows.
3. Show Your Furnace Some Love
If you haven’t already, you’re going to be firing up the furnace soon. Before doing so, it is important to schedule your annual furnace cleaning. Dust and debris build up can cause your furnace to work less efficiently. While you’re at it, switch your filter regularly to help your furnace to work it’s best!
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4. Treat Your Ducts to a Good Cleaning
Because your ducts are in the floors, walls, attics or basement, they are often out of sight out of mind; we forget about our central heating system that’s moving the air throughout our home. In a dirty system, dust and debris is dispersed through the registers and causes the indoor air quality to go down. Before turning on the system, make sure to have the system cleaned.
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5. See the Light
During fall and winter there’s less daylight and while we’re all about saving money, it’s not worth the risk of falling when moving around outside. Before the colder months, install some Solar outdoor lights to light up pathways and porches.
Tips and information provided by energy.gov
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