Preparing Your Home For Winter
Now that November is here, winter’s approach seems inevitable. The dropping temperatures are further proof that the coldest months are on the way. While regular furnace maintenance is essential to preserving the health of your system, so is preparing your home for the winter. Here are a few things you can do to help your furnace work less and heat your home more efficiently this season:
- Seal Any Air Leaks
Drafts and air leaks can lead to more dollars on your electric bill each month. In fact, sealing air leaks can save you up to 10% on your energy bills, according to Energy Star. Search around your home for drafty windows, neglected weather stripping, or gaps around your plumbing or chimney. Seal any drafty windows with caulk and apply new weather stripping. These simple steps could save you hundreds of dollars in a given year.
- Open Your Air Vents
This may seem like an obvious one, but closed air vents can cost you a lot of money in the long run. Blocked vents force your system to work harder, which increases the system’s temperature and also increases your risk for fire. Remove anything else that might obstruct air flow, including furniture, plants, or toys.
- Do a Thorough House Cleaning
There are a couple of reasons why now is a perfect time for a cleaning overhaul. First, your windows are closed and will likely remain so until springtime. Now is the time to get rid of dirt, allergens, or germs that are compromising your air quality. Secondly, cleaning your windows will let more winter sunshine in and will heat your home naturally. Your home’s south side is most important – make these sparkling clean and you’ll see a reduction in your energy bills.
Furnace maintenance goes a long way in reducing your heat bills, but sometimes it needs an extra boost. Follow these tips to improve your home’s energy efficiency this winter.