Saving energy in your home over the winter months.
Well winter may officially start December 21st, but with the snow storm this past weekend, it’s pretty obvious that winter weather is here. If you haven’t winterized your home yet, now would be the time to look into starting. Here are some tips that will help you save energy in your home.
Check your pilot light on your furnace
Vacuum out any dust or debris in and around the unit and replace the filter.
Schedule your yearly maintenance for your furnace with a qualified professional.
In the House:
Set your programmable thermostat for the winter months. This helps with keep an even temperature in your home at all times, which will help with heating costs.
Make sure the areas around your heating radiators are clear of furniture, rugs, drapes etc. Give the radiators a good vacuuming to remove any debris.
Check windows and doors for drafts; install weather stripping where it’s needed. Large drafts you can seal up with window caulking.
Check your fireplace for soot build up. Make sure your chimney has been swept recently.
Outside the House:
Check those outdoor values and faucets to make sure they are all shut off for the winter.
All furnace intake & outputs should be clear, including removing snow from the area as well
Make sure all trees and bushes close to your home are trimmed back.
Gutters and downspouts: do a visual inspection on them to make sure they are all in good condition. Replace any that are cracked or broken.
These are just a few tips that can help you save money during the winter months. Anything you can do in your home to reduce your heating costs is worth the time spent.
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