Whether you love it or hate it, winter is coming. And while you’ve been accumulating oversized sweaters, fleece blankets, and hot cocoa mix over the last few weeks, there are still things that need to be done around the house, both inside and out, to ensure that you and your family stay cozy all winter long. Let’s take a look!
All Systems Go
Before that first northern wind gust ever even hits your face, check your heating system. Start by checking the air filters, and if you find that they’re dirty and dusty, even a little, go ahead and switch them out. If you notice something seems off about your system or you just want peace of mind, call the professionals to come to give your system a thorough check, and do this sooner than later or else you’ll end up at the bottom of a very long waiting list.
Protect Your Pipes
The last thing you want to wake up to on a cold winter’s morning is a pipe that has burst, which is exactly what happens when water freezes and expands. Be sure to insulate your pipes and look for cracks as you do so.
Check All Cracks
Make sure you check around your doors and windows for any cracks that may be letting the cold air in. Weather stripping can work wonders around doors, and when it comes to windows you may need to caulk around the window or perhaps replace the screen. Even if you have to put a day’s work into this, it’s better than paying for a heating bill that is trying to keep up with multiple drafts.
Don’t Forget the Attic
Now is a great time to head to the attic and check out the insulation. If it’s looking a little rough then there’s no time like the present to replace it. Having an attic that is properly insulated will keep the living areas of your home warmer.
If you have a fireplace, whether gas or woodfire, it’s important to have the professionals come scope things out to determine if you’re in need of repairs, cleaning, or just some routine maintenance.
Clockwise Ceiling Fans
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean our ceiling fans are useless. As long as ceiling fans are moving in a clockwise motion they’re pushing hot air along the ceiling toward the floor, warming the room up as they do so.