Falling leaves, football and flannel shirts are a few things to remind you that fall is in full swing and winter’s on its way. Prep your home to save energy all winter with these tips.
- Have your appliances and heating equipment inspected by a qualified professional. Make sure all appliances and heating equipment, such as a furnace, water heater or stove, are operating properly. And, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you use them.
- Change your furnace filter. A dirty filter makes your heating system work harder, which uses more energy. Simply replace your filter every few months or opt for a washable one – they can last up to five years. And don’t forget: changing your filters can cut down on dust around the house.
- Check your carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke detectors.
- Check your windows for gaps. If there is a gap between siding and window frame make sure to caulk the gap to prevent a draft. Even if there is no visible gap you should still install window insulation kits to cover entire windows with a material like shrink wrap. These kits are inexpensive and are an effective way to stop air leaks. You can purchase these at any local home improvement store.
- Turn off exterior faucets and disconnect garden hoses. You can turn off the faucet with the shut-off valve in your home. This will help prevent frozen pipes from bursting during the cold months.
- Before you use your fireplace for extra heat, make sure to get your chimney cleaned. A clean chimney will prevent chimney fire or CO from building up in your home. Make sure to call a certified chimney sweep.