As leaves start to fall and temperatures start to dip, homeowners need to prepare their properties for winter. Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to safeguard your property and save money on your energy bills before the winter season arrives. Get cold-weather ready with these top five tips for winterproofing your home.
Prime your furnace for the season
Start winterproofing your home by making sure your furnace is ready to go when temperatures outside start to get cold. Reach out to your trusted HVAC service professionals to perform a full furnace inspection and cleaning. Your maintenance technician will check and clean all important components and make sure your furnace is ready for safe, efficient operation all season long.
Make a tight seal
Sealing gaps around doors and windows is one of the most important tips for winterproofing your home. Any gap or crack is a way for cold air to enter the house and warm air to leave, making it harder for you to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.
Luckily, it’s easy to make your home a lot more airtight by adding weather stripping to doors and caulk to any window gaps. In cases where your window sashes aren’t meeting, allowing air to flow through, it’s likely time to replace your windows.
Check the chimney and the fireplace flue
If you have a fireplace in your home, you need to have your chimney inspected and cleaned before using it during the winter. A professional inspector will discover and take care of any buildup that may pose a fire hazard in the chimney and test the flue for an extra-tight seal when closed, keeping cold air from entering your home.
Buy a water heater insulation blanket
Your water heater can lose heat very quickly, especially when it’s cooler in your home during the winter. Keep the heat in by purchasing an insulation blanket from your local home improvement store. Cover the water heater with the blanket throughout the winter—the water heater won’t have to work nearly as hard to heat the water during the season. It’s an inexpensive way to reduce your energy bills and maintain on-demand access to hot water.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
According to Energy Star estimates, homeowners can save more than 8 percent on their heating and cooling bills by installing a programmable thermostat. New thermostats give you full control over the temperature of your home—even when you aren’t there. You can control the temperature settings from your smartphone or any other wi-fi enabled device, allowing you to ease up on the energy consumption at times when no one’s home.
The process of winterproofing your home should always start with a professional furnace inspection and maintenance service. It’s best to make your appointment early to beat the holiday rush. Get in touch with the team at Cassel Air Conditioning & Heating Service today to schedule your pre-winter furnace check to make sure it’s ready to respond efficiently as soon as temperatures start to drop.
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