It’s that time of year again. The weather is freezing, and any way you can find to keep your home warm is a blessing. When it comes to heating, if you take the necessary precautions and steps for care, you’ll see the effort in your home’s performance. You should have your furnace inspected professionally before the cold weather arrives and check for any cracks. Clean air filters and checking the thermostat is also beneficial. Here’s a helpful checklist of things you can do to prepare your home for optimum efficiency during these brutal winter months.
- Installing sheet insulation on your windows can keep any outside air from leaking into your house
- Make sure to caulk any cracks or holes found in and around the house
- Inspecting any fireplaces or chimneys in the house should definitely be a priority because you want to have all ways of warming the house working in full capacity
- Make sure to insulate any exposed pipes in or under the house with foam pipe insulation
- If necessary, repair or replace any weather stripping or thresholds on the doors and windows around the house
- High winds, ice, and moisture from winter storms can easily strip off roof tiles and gutters, exposing your home to serious damage, so make sure there are no loose or missing tiles on your roof
- Take a look and locate the water valves in the home as well, just in case they need to be shut off in the event of leaks or other issues
- You can also take a look around outside your house and see if any trees need to be trimmed that might be too close. These can break and damage the house if hit during a storm
These tips can help prevent frustrating heating issues, prepare you for dealing with unpredictable weather, and keep you warm throughout the season.