As the winter season approaches, it’s important to make sure your home is properly prepared to withstand the coldest winter weather. From sealing up cracks and gaps to maintaining your furnace and other systems, there are a number of steps you can take to ensure your home stays warm and comfortable throughout the winter months. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Seal Up Cracks and Gaps
Be sure to inspect your exterior walls and windows for any cracks or gaps. These can allow cold air to enter your home and make it more difficult to keep warm. To seal up these areas, use caulk or expandable foam insulation.
2. Check the Furnace
Before the coldest winter days arrive, it’s important to make sure your furnace is in good working order. Have our team inspect the system to check for any issues, such as clogged filters or cracks in the heat exchanger.
3. Replace Air Filters
If you have an air filter in your furnace, be sure to check it regularly and replace it every 3 months at a minimum. This will help to keep the air in your home free of allergens, dust, and other particles.
4. Insulate Your Home
Adding extra insulation in your attic, basement, and walls can help to keep your home warmer during the winter months. You can also use foam insulation tape or foam weatherstripping to seal any cracks or gaps in your windows and doors.
5. Install Storm Windows
Storm windows help to keep cold air out and warm air in. If you don’t already have them, be sure to consider installing them before winter sets in.
6. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save money on energy costs by allowing you to set a lower temperature when you’re away from home.
7. Have a Backup Plan
If your furnace stops working unexpectedly, be sure to have a backup plan in place. This could include space heaters, electric blankets, or other items that can help to keep your home warm until your furnace can be repaired.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure your home is prepared for even the coldest winter weather. With a little bit of preparation and maintenance, you can help to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient throughout the winter season.