We’ve all felt it. That slow temperature drop that comes every October. Drops in temperature mean it is time for fall and winter home maintenance. Even though winter has yet to hit us, find out some winterizing tips for your home.
Fall Home Maintenance Tips
– This is an old trick and we often forget about our fans in the colder months, but by reversing the direction of the blades you then force warmer air back into the living space.
– Setting the right temperature is very important when it comes to your heating costs. Just one-degree difference can save you anywhere from 1-3% of your heating bill.
– Keep in mind that if during the day no one is home, lowering your thermostat even lower can significantly lower your bills as well.
– Dust and dirt build up on filters thus preventing air flow from passing through the filter easily. In turn, making the furnace work harder to create the same amount of heat.
– Change filters every month to ensure your furnace is working efficiently.
Winter Home Maintenance Tips
– Window and door drafts can cause up to 5-30% of all energy loss in your home. Try rolled up towels by the bottom of outside doors and make sure to check the trim. This will help seal out the cold air.
– Plastic guards over the window as well as keeping blinds and drapes shut will help prevent the cold draft as well.
-Plumping can be problematic any time of the year. If you have an older home, your pipes are more susceptible to cracks and leaks. Inspect inside lines as best you can to ensure you don’t have a bigger problem in the coming months.
– Even the slightest leak can freeze and create more damage in the long run.
– Take extra precaution if you are boarding up a summer home to be vacant all winter and that all water lines are emptied and water and gas are turned off.
– Many water heaters are set around 140 degrees at all times. Lowering your water heater to 120 degrees can save you a lot of money and you won’t even notice the next time you jump in that shower.
In case you do experience winter damage and need home repairs, don’t hesitate to find and call a local restoration company in your area.