It’s never too early to start preparing for colder weather and to ensure that your home is efficient during the winter months. Energy loss can cost you more to heat your home and cause comfort issues like drafts and uneven heating. Here are a few high impact projects you might want to tackle before the snow flurries begin.
Fix those drafts
Have you ever walked by the front door and gotten the chills? In 99% of homes, the culprit isn’t a poltergeist – it’s poor or nonexistent weatherstripping! Those chills are the signs of an energy leak, one that costs you money. Drafts make your furnace work harder, resulting in high energy bills and uneven heating throughout your home. Fortunately, this problem has an easy fix – use caulking to seal the indoor and outdoor perimeter of your windows and add new weatherstripping under your doors. It’s an inexpensive job for your local professional and local utilities often have a rebate program!
Give your furnace some love
Be honest – when’s the last time you had your furnace serviced? Fall is a great time to get this pesky chore done, making sure your furnace is in good working condition before winter. A tuned up furnace with a clean filter will keep your home comfortable and energy bills low all winter long, but this is a task best left to a professional – check out a list of top-rated local servicers here on HomeAdvisor.
Smart Tip #1: Book your local furnace professional early before the wintertime rush begins!
Check your heating vents
Here’s one most people overlook- checking to make sure your heating vents are clean, pointed in the right direction, and free of obstructions. Yes, that means the duffle bag you tossed in the corner and forgot about last month. If you have blocked or closed off vents, you’re keeping valuable heat from flowing freely through your home. So take a few minutes to do a quick walk-through- your wallet will thank you this winter!
Are your appliances holiday-ready?
As you make your way through these winterization tips, it’s also a good idea to check your appliances. Is your refrigerator keeping everything at a good temperature? Is it defrosting correctly? The holiday season will be here before you know it, making your fridge work overtime with all those leftovers. If yours isn’t up to snuff, October is historically a good time to buy.
Smart Tip #2: New appliances are a big selling point when you put your home on the market. While stainless steel is the perennial favorite, consult your local real estate agent to see which appliances are most popular with potential buyers in your area.
Clean Your Gutters
Yep, it’s that time of year again. Towards the end of fall, right before winter weather, you’ll want to check your gutters and clean any leaves and debris that have accumulated. Water buildup in your gutters can leak into your walls or freeze into ice dams- causing unwanted moisture, cold spots, and a whole host of other problems. Save yourself the headache and clean those gutters!
It won’t be long before the temperatures drop, so make sure you take care of these projects early! You’ll be enjoying your well-insulated, efficient home all winter with low energy bills to boot. If you have any questions about thes