As cold weather approaches, reminding us that winter is definitely not over, it’s safe to be fully prepared for a severe cold snap that could potentially cause damage to your home.
We’ve compiled the top 8 ways to get your home fully prepared for winter. If you have any questions about getting your home ready for cold weather, or you require some help getting everything prepared, don’t hesitate to call or email us!
1. Replace all of the air filters in your heating and cooling system so you can increase the efficiency of the system. Changing the heating and cooling air filters should be a regular practice every 1-2 months. Also make sure your furnace has been tuned up by a licensed HVAC.
2. Weather strip and caulk cracks to fill any leaking gaps. The best areas to keep in mind are: the outside of windows, doors, exterior faucets, and places where siding overlaps your homes foundation.
3. Switch your ceiling fans to reverse flow so they spin clockwise. The fan will force warm air trapped at the ceiling, down into the room.
4. Draft guards placed under doors are great ways to prevent heat loss. Draft guards can also be called, “door sweeps” in some places.
5. Exterior plug outlets should be backed with foam gaskets to prevent any leaking air to make its way into your home.
6. Have you checked the insulation in your home? If not, now is the time to make it a project so that your home is retaining as much heat as possible. Be sure to wear gloves, a mask, and goggles to prevent the material from irritating your skin or body!
7. Check your thermostat to see that it’s set to meet you and your family’s lifestyle needs. You can program it to cooler temps to reduce cost when everyone is out of the home, and for the heat to kick on right before everyone returns!
8. Use heavy curtains over windows, (and doors!), to trap heat in and keep the cold out.
As the winter weather approaches, if you’re unsure of how to take steps to maximizing the heat retention of your home, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information!
If you’re experiencing massive heat loss during the cold days, we can help assess where you are losing the heat, and steps to take to prevent the heat loss.