Tips To Help You Prepare Your Home For Winter

Winter is approaching quickly, so it's now time to get on the ball preparing the house for a long few months. What can you do to ensure that your home is ready to hold the heat for you this winter? Here, you'll find a few tips to help improve the energy efficiency of your home this winter.

Start With a Professional Tune-Up

It's fairly easy for you to change the filter and sweep the loose dust out of your furnace, but it's not so easy to determine if everything is working as it should. Don't try to prepare your furnace for winter on your own. Contact your HVAC technician to have the system cleaned, inspected, and serviced before winter hits. If you wait until it's time to fire up the furnace on the first cold night, you may find yourself out of luck and end up having to wait for a technician to come and help since you surely won't be the only one left in the cold.

Professionally servicing the HVAC system will ensure that all of the components are working properly. This is especially important when you are heating with gas, propane or oil – the combustible gasses can leak toxic fumes into your home if things are working as they should. One small break in a line, a clogged chimney or one of a number of small issues can put your family at risk and increase your energy costs this year.

Clean the Window and Door Seals

Now that you know that the furnace is ready, it's time to get busy preparing the house to hold the heat. Start by getting some multipurpose cleaner, glass cleaner, a bucket, sponge and paper towels. Fill the bucket with hot water and some of the multipurpose cleaner. Clean all of the seals around the doors and windows. As you clean them, look for any cracks in the material. The cracks may seem small, but they will allow air to leak out.

Cleaning the seals helps to create a more air-tight seal because you're removing all of the dirt that is stuck in there. It also gives you the opportunity to examine all of the seals so that you can find any that need to be replaced. Replace failing seals, and your windows are good for the winter.

Tip: If you have older windows that don't hold the heat well, consider covering them with shrinking plastic or with heavy insulated drapes.

Start preparing by making a call to your local residential heating repair technician. With a little planning, you can cut the cost of heating your home this year.