Warm, dry and cozy. Those are all words that we want to describe our homes in the winter. The good news is, there are a few quick and easy things you can do to make your home the best it can be this winter; while saving you some hassles and a few dollars.
1. Check windows and doors for drafts
If you happen to find a gap in the seals in your window and door frames that is letting in cold air, fill it with caulk (silicone caulk works best) or install weather stripping.
Keeping out the frigid winter air will help save a significant amount of money on your heating bill.
2. Inspect your pipes
Check for leaking, damaged or corroded pipes that could become a major issue once temperatures drop. Consider investing in a pipe patching kit to have on hand in case of emergencies.
3. Stock up on salt
For both your sidewalk and water softener. Avoid carrying heavy bags across icy pathways by purchasing your salt while the weather is still warm.
4. Clean your gutters
Make sure gutters are free of leaves and debris so water can flow through without obstruction. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams (and huge icicles) to form, preventing your drainage systems from working. Overflowing gutters = leaky roof!
5. Tune-up your furnace
Before you turn your furnace on for the winter, do some routine maintenance like replacing the filters, inspecting the blower belt and removing debris from the burner.
6. Check roof for damaged or missing shingles
Whether you decide to scale the roof or just observe from the ground with binoculars, look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak. If you find an issue get it fixed ASAP!
7. Install energy efficient light bulbs
Unfortunately, shorter days mean more time spent inside with the lights on. Save money on your electric bill this winter by making the switch to LED or Energy Star light bulbs. Since they are a bit more expensive than regular light bulbs, they cost more up front but will save you money in the long run.
8. Make sure heat vents are clear
Take a quick look at the placement of your furniture. Is any of it blocking heat vents and obstructing the flow of air? If so, it might be good to do a little room rearranging.
9. Install a programmable thermostat
Programmable thermostats (like the Nest) are another way to help save a few dollars on your electric bill this winter. No need to have the heat running overtime during the day while you are at work.
10. Use window coverings
Windows are one of the primary places where heat escapes from the home. When possible keep windows covered with curtains or blinds. Want a little extra protection from the cold? Invest in insulated curtains.
Our Peak Performance Package is another great way to get your home ready for winter. As a part of the package, one of our technicians will come and inspect your home's heating system.