With the winter months upon us, it's important that your home be ready for the cooler weather, both inside and out. A well prepared home will not only be warmer, but also save you money on your monthly energy bills. Remember to take time out to prepare your home. Follow these simple tips and ideas and you will be on your way to having a winter-ready home.
Windows. A lot of warm air can escape through small cracks in your home's windows. A good way to prevent this is to inspect both the inside and outside of each window. If you find a problem, it can easily be repaired with caulk. If your windows are still letting cool air in after you have caulked the outside, try putting an insulating film on the inside of problem windows. Kits can be purchased at your local hardware store and can be installed in minutes.
Furnace. Now is also the best time of year to have your furnace inspected. This will ensure your unit is in proper working order. Also remember to change your furnace filter monthly during the winter season. A clean filter will allow your furnace to work better and improve the air condition of your home.
Ceiling Fans. If your home has ceiling fans, reversing the direction in which your fan operates can push warm air downward and force it to re-circulate. A good tip to tell when your fan is in proper winter mode is if you stand under the fan and cannot feel any air coming down on you.
Snow Equipment. Before the heavy winter sets in, check your snow equipment, such as snow blowers and shovels. Make sure they are in proper working order; if not; consider replacing them or having them serviced. It's also a good idea to stock up on ice melt or driveway salt. You can never be too prepared for snow and ice.
Follow these simple steps before the season sets in and you will enjoy a relaxing and warm winter season.