Counting today, we've already had TWO snowfalls and it's still Autumn! With that said, there are many things that you need to do to get your Western Massachusetts home ready for winter. You want all parts of your home to be secured in order to survive the season with minimal need for repairs. Heed the tips below for a painless winter.
Change The Filters In Your Furnace
This can be one of the most overlooked areas in the house. It’s so important to replace or clean the furnace filters once a month while the heating is turned on. A dirty filter can restrict airflow and in turn increase your energy demand. Just set a monthly reminder during winter months to change the filter.
As an alternative, you can switch to a permanent filter. This can reduce the need to continually change filters and is better for the environment as it reduces waste.
Put Fans On Reverse
Fans may seem like a summer-only appliance, but many times, putting your ceiling fan on reverse direction can make the room warmer. Warm air that is near the ceiling will circulate back to the living space, bringing the temperature up and reducing your heating costs. All you need to do is flip a switch.
Mind Your Water Lines And A/C Units
If you want to save money in the summer, do this in the winter: drain exterior hoses and pipes that lead to air conditioning units. Also be sure to turn off any exterior water units for the season. Seal any water leaks that may be around your home as well. To keep out cold drafts, remove window A/C units for the winter.
Don’t Waste Energy On A Drafty House
A draft or two in your home can cause you to waste between 5 and 30 percent of your total energy usage. You can place draft snakes on doors to block cold air which you can easily make yourself. Also, a draft in your home can give your thermostat a false reading.
Maintain Your Heating System
Just as cars need periodic tune-ups, so too do heating systems. Be sure you have all of the yearly recommended maintenance tasks performed on your heating system to keep it in good working order. Without the right care you could be driving up your energy costs and risking damage to your furnace.
There’s many different things that you can do to save money, save energy and stay safe this winter. Most of these actions are fairly simple and straightforward. A little precaution can go a long way when it comes to preventative maintenance in your home.