Your home is a huge investment. It requires maintenance, money, and commitment among many other things to keep it looking like the home you purchased. While every season comes with its own unique set of maintenance projects, the end-of-summer is usually the time when homeowners focus on how to prepare for colder months ahead. As you think about what you need to do to for winter, here are some helpful tips to put you on the right path.
Save EnergyHeating costs are expensive. There are several things you can do to cut back and help the planet:
1. Purchase or create a draft snake for underneath your door, or opt for weatherstripping. These economical options will keep warm air in and cold air out. For extra protection, consider implementing both and add them to interior doors found in the attic, crawl spaces and basement.
2. Use bubble wrap to cover windows where any cold air may pass. You can simply apply bubble wrap by using tape.
3. Caulk windows, doors and walls on the inside of the house, as well as outside.
4. Replace your furnace filter and schedule a service visit. Having a professional look at your furnace will help to determine if it’s working efficiently, which will ultimately cut back on energy bills before they begin to soar.
5. Turn down your thermostat to 50 or 55 degrees when you’re away from home or prior to bedtime. If you would rather not do this manually, consider installing a programmable thermostat, which will automatically reduce your home’s temperature based on the times and parameters you enter.
6. Add new windows and doors. Storm doors, and insulated doors and garage doors, as well as double- or triple-pane windows, will improve overall energy efficiency.
Insulate, Prune & Clean1. Insulate both hot and cold water pipes. Inexpensive pipe sleeves are available at hardware and home supply stores.
2. Prune your trees. This will help keep tree branches from falling on your house or smashing your car.
3. Clean your gutters or have a professional do the work. Remind yourself: Clogged gutters are not something you want.