At some point around autumn, you’re going to feel that change in the temperature. While things tend to begin cooling down by the start of the fall season, it isn’t until around the middle point that we begin to feel that chill in the air. That sudden shift to cooler-getting-colder temperatures tells us in no uncertain terms that winter is going to be arriving soon.
There are a lot of things about winter that can be quite wonderful. Unfortunately, winter can also bring a number of discomforts and challenges. You can offset a lot of those potential headaches by taking steps now to winterize your home. Believe it or not, but this is actually going to prove to be much more straightforward than you might suspect.
Getting Your Home Ready For Winter
We understand wanting to hold off on firing up your furnace for as long as possible. It is a good way to keep your electric bill down, which can skyrocket during the colder months of the year. If you are concerned about the smell of burning dust, when you finally turn on the furnace, make sure to open some windows before turning it on. You will also want to have the filter changed, while making sure the area has been cleared of any materials that are flammable. You will also want to check the accuracy of your thermostat.
If you have problems in any of these areas, don’t be afraid to call in the HVAC professionals. An expert can make sure you have everything you need to get started.
Beyond your furnace, there are a few more tips to consider, when it comes to the subject of how to winterize a home:
- Check/replace your weather stripping: All of your windows and exterior doors require weather stripping. However, if you can’t remember the last time you checked on their quality, you will definitely want to make it a point to change that. This is how you will keep your utility costs down, while also keeping those wretched drafts out.
- Inspect/clean your chimney: Make sure your chimney has been properly cleaned, perhaps even inspected, before you start up your first fire.
- Trees: Make sure your trees are properly trimmed. Doing so can prevent window damage.
- Make sure your emergency kit is ready to go: In the event of a power outage, you’re going to be glad you have an emergency kit with batteries, flashlights, fresh water, and non-perishable foods.