Some simple prep work in the fall to prepare your home for the winter months can lead to big savings while protecting your family from the harsh elements.
Leaves can build up and clog gutters causing water to remain in them and freeze, which can led to water seeping into your home and causing money-draining damage.
Locate and seal any drafts from doors, windows, or recessed lighting using door sweeps, caulk or tacky rope caulk to reduce the amount of cold air getting into your home causing you to bump up the heat.
Adding more insulation into your attic before the cold months will reduce your heat loss. No need to try and heat the entire neighborhood.
Before it drops below freezing, turn on your furnace to make sure it works so you can get it fixed or replaced. Check the filters monthly to see if they need to be replaced, and inspect the ducts to make sure the heat from the furnace is making it throughout the house.
It’s time to put up the storm windows. These provide an extra layer of protection. If you don’t have storm windows, you may consider upgrading your windows even if it’s a couple at a time to help reduce the financial impact. Until then you can use a window insulator kit, which is an inexpensive, yet effective way to prevent the windows from becoming drafty.
Make sure there is a protective cap and screen at the top of the chimney to ensure no objects get in it and get have it inspected at least once a year.
If you have any ceiling fans, reversing their direction will help push the rising warm down, making it more comfortable.
Prevent pipes from freezing and bursting by shutting off the turnoff valve for the pipes that lead to the hose bibs outside. Also make sure all your pipes are well insulated.
It’s also a good time to test all your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and change the batteries. Since tis the season for fires, make sure you know where your fire extinguisher and that it works.
As the temperature continues to drop outside, homeowners can save big bucks on their heating bill this winter by taking a few simple steps to winterize their homes.