Whether we want to believe it or not, winter is just around the corner and according to Farmer’s Almanac, it is going to be a cold one! Now is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the upcoming winter months to make sure that you and your family stay warm and cozy. There are many ways that you can get your home ready for winter and the experts at Window Nation want to give you a few ideas to start with. Preparing your home for winter will make sure that the cold winter air is kept outside, warm air is kept in, and that you are saving money on energy costs.
HVAC System Maintenance
Make sure that your current HVAC system is routinely maintained and that filters are being changed once a month. Have your furnace cleaned by a professional before the start of the winter season. Spending a bit of money now on HVAC care now will actually save you money in the long run. Maintaining your HVAC system will ensure that any problems are taken care of immediately instead of causing even further damage and becoming ineffective in the dead of winter.
Try to fix or eliminate the drafty areas around your home. Install door sweeps on the bottoms of exterior doors, seal up areas around plumbing and other utility entrances into your home. And add insulation to your attic. There should be at least 12 inches of insulation present to ensure that the heat in your home is not escaping through your roof.
Replace older windows in your home with energy efficient replacement windows; doing this will help to stop drafts and warm air from escaping your home. While replacement windows are an investment, it is an investment that will pay you back over time in energy costs.
Other Ideas include:
- During the day, open up your curtains and blinds to allow the sun in to help warm your home. When the sun sets, close the blinds to help keep that warm air inside.
- Lower your home’s thermostat when you leave for the day or at nighttime when your family is sleeping. During the day keep your home’s temperature as low as your family is comfortable with.
- Turn down the temperature on your hot water heater to the warm setting.
- Replace appliances like dishwashers, stoves, and refrigerators with energy efficient models.
- If you have a fireplace in your home, make sure that the damper is shut unless a fire is burning. If you never use the fireplace, plug and seal up the chimney flu.
Taking the time now to make your home more energy efficient will make a big difference when it comes to keeping your home warm and saving you money on energy costs this winter. For more information about getting your home ready for winter, or for help choosing replacement windows for your home contact the pros at Window Nation today!