With temperatures around the nation dropping, it’s time to start thinking about winterizing your home. When it comes to preparing for the winter months, here are three things you don’t want to forget in order to save yourself some cash during the colder months.
Look for Leaks
Check your home for air leaks. This can be done by taking a piece of lightweight paper and holding it up to areas that are more prone to leaks (windows, doors, chimney flues, vents, air ducts) to see if it moves. If movement happens, there is a decent chance of a leak. Finding and sealing these leaks can lower heating and energy bills and help avoid drafty, uncomfortable rooms.
Check Your HVAC System
The duct work in your home, although hidden, can be an important element in your winterization process. Experts recommend changing your HVAC air filters every 90 days and cleaning them at least once a month. Check your filters for dust and dander and replace them if necessary. If it has been a few years since your last official cleaning, consider contacting a professional. Some maintenance requires more complex tank lining services to ensure systems work properly before winter hits, so when in doubt, ask a professional. Cleaning your duct work helps to ensure the air flow around your home is circulating cleanly and efficiently.
Program Your Thermostat
If you haven’t done so already, consider investing in a programmable thermostat to help better control the temperature in your home both while you are home and while you are away. When home, set the temperature to the lowest setting possible while still maintaining your comfort. When you leave the house, program the thermostat to drop ten to fifteen degrees and then raise again when you anticipate coming home. Simple programming measures can help save you money while the temperatures are low.
These three maintenance steps, taken in anticipation of winter arriving, can help save you time, money, and heartache when the snow flies. Winterization is an important step in home preservation, so be sure to keep it on your pre-winter radar.