Its time to talk about the inevitable…snow. I know there are many people that simply shudder at the mention of the cold white stuff. That is right a visible shudder. However, for many of us this is a very true reality. As the temperatures continue to drop, it is becoming more and more apparent. Yes, winter is fast approaching us, how well are we prepared for it?
There are a few things each homeowner can do to save on heating cost this winter, some simple others require the aid of a professional.
It is hard to mention winter and not talk about preparing the furnace for the cold. To ensure that your furnace is operating at its optimum levels make sure they have it tuned up. For a reasonable fee Chesapeake Heating and Air Conditioning, http://www.chesapeakehvacs.com, will come out and serviced your heating unit. This will include replacing all filters, a thorough cleaning, and checking for carbon monoxide leaks. Their technician can also check and if need be replaced a worn out heat pump. Which is vital to the system.
Another thing that is easy for anyone to do that will save you money this winter and winters to come is to replace your old thermostat with a digital thermostat. Make sure the vents or dampers are adjusted to allow more heat to the downstairs level of the home and to cut off heat from going into any unused rooms. In addition, do not forget to cover the central air unit outside and removing any window a/c units. If for some reason you are unable to remove the window air conditioning unit then simply by some plastic or film and cover the window. This will prevent any drafts from coming in the home.
Seal all openings into the home
The best to prevent drafts is by checking for any air leaks around all extern doors and windows. If leaks are noticed then sealed them with caulk, foam, or weather stripping. Do not forget to replace any wood or trim around doors and windows that have begun to rot. Take care to replace screens on storm doors and windows with glass, if need be. As well, as replace or repair any broken glass.
Do not forget about the outside of the home
Before winter comes make sure to repair or replace any loos shingles on the roof. Another thing we all may not think about doing the winter months is taking care of the gutters. All the gutters should be repaired and all the leaves, junk and debris should be removed. That means time to clean those gutters. One last thing to do is make sure that the attic is properly insulated. One way to know if it is insulated is if last winter there icicles was hanging from you roof, then that means it’s not insulated or not insulated all over. The heat escaping from our house and melting the snow on our roof forms icicles.
Doing these little checks and repairs before winter comes will prevent that heart attack from occurring when you open up your first utility bill for the winter. If each one of these item are addressed and taken care of you should noticed a dramatic difference in your heating bill this year from last years. Don’t wait too long to start preparing from some of the harshest type of weather you home will have to endure. Give it a fighting chance by taking care of the little things.