The beginning of frigid temperatures makes it the perfect time to get your house ready for the long winter ahead, and to start taking care of those indoor home improvement projects you’ve been neglecting while the weather was warmer. Doing a little home maintenance now can help to keep your house a little warmer this winter, lower your heating bills, and preventing expensive repairs because of frozen pipes.
- Caulk any cracks on the outside of your house.
- Insulate around and above attic stairs or access covers.
- Apply foam gaskets to electrical outlet and switch covers.
- Add attic insulation, if needed, so you have 12” to 16” of insulation.
- Replace worn weather-stripping around windows and doors.
- Cover single pane windows with plastic window insulation kits.
Winter Furnace Tune-Up
It’s important to make sure your blower and furnace are in good condition and working efficiently to get the most out of your heating system.
Heating System Maintenance:
Install a new, programmable thermostat and set it to lower the temperature when you’re away from home to save energy.
- Get your heating system inspected and serviced by a HVAC professional to make sure your furnace and blower are working properly.
- If your heating system is over 11 years old, consider replacing it with a newer, more energy efficient system to reduce your energy bills.
- Replace your furnace filter every 1-3 months with a quality filter to improve the indoor air quality and allow your heater to run more efficiently. For better indoor air quality, consider installing a whole house air filtration system which cleans the air and captures and kills airborne organisms including mold, bacteria, and viruses.