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6 Steps for Winterizing your Home

Your home is your family’s best fortress against cold winter weather.  This winter you want to make sure that your home is as ready as possible for chilly temperatures.  You also want to be sure that you aren’t going to break the bank this winter with high heating costs.  Read to learn about 6 tips for winterizing your home in an energy efficient way.

  1. Furnace inspection- Having a furnace is a key part of making sure you and your family stay safe and warm this winter.  Having a furnace that works and runs efficiently is even better.  Annual furnace inspections will help to find any potential problems and make sure that your unit is running as efficiently as possible.
  2. Change or clean the furnace filter-The filter should be changed or cleaned at the start of the heating season.  After that, it should be be changed or cleaned regularly- every 1 to 3 months.  Whether or not your filter should be completely replaced or simply cleaned depends upon the type of filter you have.  If you are unsure, feel free to contact your heating and cooling company for more information.  A clean filter will allow the heated air to travel more freely throughout your home, and your furnace will not have to work as hard.
  3. Add insulation- Adding insulation such as blankets and coats to our bodies helps keep us warm, right?  It works the same with with your home.  Adding extra layers of insulation can help to keep the warm air inside of your home and the cold air outside of it.  Bob Vila suggests, “The most important area to insulate is your attic.”  However, you can also insulate other areas in the home, such as outer walls, as well.  Energy.gov provides a diagram with the best places to insulate your home.
  4. Seal doors and windows- Making sure to seal off any leaks coming in from doors or windows will help keep your home nice and toasty this winter.  Still have drafts coming in from the bottom of your door?  Make a cute draft blocker to help out!
  5. Reverse ceiling fans- If you have ceiling fans, this is a very easy way to begin winterizing your home.  Ceiling fans are typically thought of as instruments to help keep us cool in the summer, but if you reverse the direction they spin, they can do the opposite in winter months.  Popular Mechanics states, “Counterclockwise rotation produces cooling breezes, while switching to clockwise makes it warmer. Air pooled near the ceiling is circulated back into the living space—cutting your heating costs as much as 10 percent!”
  6. Do not cover the air conditioner- A cover will restrict any moisture or condensation from escaping, which can lead to a build-up of moisture and problems down the road.

If you have any questions about, or if you would like help with, winterizing your home this year, please feel free to contact Flame!

 

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