Get Your House Ready for Winter
When it comes to saving on home heating costs, it pays to sweat the small stuff.
Now, for example, is a good time to schedule a furnace checkup to make sure it is working efficiently, rather than waiting until the furnace kicks in for the first time. And check to see if the air filter is clean. Normal furnace filters should be changed every month and high-efficiency ones every three months.
While the weather is still mild, it’s easier to tackle home weatherization projects. Check weather stripping and caulk around doors and windows to keep out the winter chill.
And for some homeowners, heat is literally going through the roof. Make sure your attic is properly insulated to help keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer. It’s also a good idea to check insulation in the basement and in household air ducts, exterior walls, crawl spaces and around electrical outlets.
Here are some other ways to save on home energy costs this winter:
– Check to see that doors shut and latch properly.
– Check your window locks. Locking windows can help to prevent cold air from seeping through.
– Put up storm windows and hang heavy drapes over drafty windows.
– Replace mail slots with external mailboxes.
– Schedule a furnace tune-up at least once a year. Experts say you can save as much as five per cent on heating costs by scheduling a service appointment for your furnace before the cold weather arrives. This helps to ensure your furnace operates at its peak efficiency throughout the winter.