Now that fall is here, it is time to prepare your home for the cold weather. These few tips will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment.
First and foremost, to protect yourselves from the cold weather, let’s tune up our heating systems. For roughly $80 to $100, you can hire a technician to inspect your furnace to check that it is safe and in good repair. During their service, they will also check for carbon-monoxide leakage. It is important to call ahead of time and early in the season so that you can minimize the chances of finding yourself in the back of the line for a technician to meet your needs.
Another cheap and effective way to prepare your home for the cold weather is to reverse your ceiling fans. This can be a do it yourself method of approach as the reverse switch on your fan should be turned on when the heat is running. Energy Star says, “the fan will produce and updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling”. This will help save you a heft penny on your energy bill and allow you to slightly reduce the heat with the circulating air pumping through room to room.
A couple of exterior projects to get to before the weather hits starts with the gutters. If your gutters are full of leaves and such, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding, and wood trim. If attempting to clean the gutters on your own, be sure that your ladder is stable and that there is someone there for help if needed. Since you are already outside working on the home’s exterior, let’s turn off our exterior faucets. Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. To begin this process, start with disconnecting all garden hoses and drain the water that remains in the faucets.
We know that there is much more on the slate of things to do in preparing your home for the winter and other opportunities to be energy efficient, these steps listed above are a grand start for keeping a healthy home for the colder weather.