With summer ending soon and the kids going back to school, it’s time to get your home ready for the fall and winter months. Here is a list of things to get started with.
During cold winters, keep the cold out of your home. Check the edges of windows and doors and feel for any drafts that could be letting in cold air. If you do notice drafts, you may need to repair the caulking around windows and door frames.
Bonus Tip: When checking for drafts, carefully use a lighted candle and you can quickly identify drafts if the flame flickers.
Another thing that can help control your home heat and save you money is to buy a programmable thermostat. If you already have a programmable thermostat, check the settings to make sure it is set to a lower temperature during the night and when you’re not home.
Hire an HVAC professional to clean your heating equipment, check heating efficiency, and change the furnace filter. Annual furnace maintenance is especially important because they also check for carbon monoxide to ensure your home is safe for your and your family.
If your home has central air conditioning, cover your outdoor unit for the winter. If you use a window air conditioning, remove it to prevent air leaks.
Drain any garden hoses, disconnect and store in a dry place.
Make sure to prepare during the fall to ensure your home is warm and safe all winter long. Preventative maintenance is important and can help save you money and increase energy efficiency.