Posted on November 16, 2020 at 2:10 PM
Heading into winter can bring a lot of joy, but it can also be a costly season if the heating systems of homeowners are not operating efficiently. Making sure your home is ready for the cold months is worth your time. Below are some suggestions and tips for preparing your home for winter.
Scheduling annual maintenance before the temperatures really start dropping is a major step in conserving your energy bill and ensuring that your home will keep you warm this winter.
Ceiling fans can play a significant role in the winter months by helping warm air stay in the living spaces. Especially if you have high ceilings, making sure your fans are spinning clockwise will help maximize the heat of your home. Utilizing ceiling fans provides a cost-efficient alternative to wasted energy by heating spaces of your home that are unlivable.
Upgrading your thermostat may seem like an odd suggestion, but thermostat temperatures contribute immensely to the energy usage of a home. With new technology on the market, there are thermostats with capabilities that automatically adjust temperatures in accordance with sleep schedules, work schedules, and more. By turning down your thermostat 15 degrees for 8 hours a day, such as during when you sleep, you can save up to 15% on your energy bill annually. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat can solve this problem without having to remember.
It’s easy to forget about the hassle snow can create when we are just coming out of a beautiful fall. Checking that your snow blower has a full canister of fuel and will start before snow begins falling is a huge time saver and preventative stress measure. Waiting until a snowstorm strikes to learn that your snow blower does not work or is out of gasoline can be incredibly costly because snow removal companies charge top dollar during a storm.
Front doors, sliding doors, bedroom windows, these are a few examples of the many ways drafts enter your home. Repairing drafts can be costly, but the long-term savings in your heating budget is worth it. There are many DIY methods that are affordable options, like buying shrinkwrap window kits to seal your windows or using weather stripping. More permanent solutions are better in the long run, but whichever route you choose, solving the draft issues in your home is an enormous cost-saver.
Setting aside an hour this month to prepare your home for winter is worth your while. These five reminders will keep you ahead of the game, and make sure you are getting the most out of your heating system.
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