by admin On Dec 1 2015
The temperatures are dropping, coats and scarves are coming out of storage and iced coffee is being replaced with steaming cups of hot cocoa. This can only mean one thing: winter is near. Believe us, we’re just as excited about the cooler temperatures, but we also have to prepare homes for the incoming weather. Here are a few tips on prepping your home for the winter season:
Seal air leaks
Air leaks are notorious for hiking up energy costs. Check your doors and windows for possible air leaks and use caulk to seal them. During the chilly winter months, you want to keep your home nice and toasty – not have warm air escape through leaks.
Clean out the gutters
Now is a good time to clean out the leaves and debris that are clogging up your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause ice dams to be formed, which can prevent your drainage system from working properly and cause water to enter your home.
Install a programmable thermostat
As we mentioned in last week’s blog post, a programmable thermostat is a great gadget to have in your home. By programming your thermostat to 68 degrees during the daytime and setting it back 10 to 15 degrees at nighttime, you can save anywhere from 5-15% off your yearly heating bill.
Replace your air filter
Replacing your air filter frequently isn’t exclusively for the summer months. Changing your filter monthly year round is a quick and easy way to reduce energy usage. Having a clean air filter improves the air quality in your home and allows for airflow to circulate properly.
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