Just like the exterior of your home, the interior of your home needs some attention before Old Man Winter comes to town. We will cover some areas of your home that you should consider before the winter season approaches. Two major areas include your furnace and weather stripping around your windows and doors, according to Carson Dunlop.
Your furnace is the heart of your home and best friend during the winter season. The most important call you can make before the winter season approaches is your local heating system maintenance man. The technician will lubricate the moving parts, change the filter, make sure the operation of important safety mechanisms are working properly, and clean the fans and burners. Take proper precaution to avoid furnace damage.
If you live in a new home with new windows, chances are your windows are properly sealed. However, if you live in an older home, the sealing on your windows may need sealing to keep in the hot air and prevent the cold from entering your home. One approach to this could be replacing your windows, but that can get a bit costly. Luckily, you can purchase a weather stripping kit at your local hardware store. Due to the various shapes and sizes of windows, all you need to do is find the pre-packaged material that has a photo of your window or door, or something similar to it and carefully follow the instructions included in the kit.
Other Winterizing Tips:
- Clean out your dryer vents and covers
- Clean the grilles and registers- especially the cold air return
- Clean and lubricate the exhaust fans
- If you have electric baseboards heaters, vacuum the dust off the interior fins, make sure your drapes are several inches above their hot surfaces
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to push hot air downward and delay it from escaping your home
- Make sure there aren’t any drafts entering under your door. If there are, consider using a rubber strip to seal them off
- Check the insulation in the walls of your home. It might need some work in order to keep heat in efficiently.
What are you waiting for?
Take proper steps now to avoid winter weather damage to your home!