While the changing colors of the fall are beautiful, they will soon give way to frigid temperatures and snowflakes. Though you may be under the assumption that your home will be nice and warm when Old Man Winter blows in, you might be surprised to learn that nothing could be further than the truth.
Don't wait spend your winter stuck with chattering lips and bundled under a pile of blankets. During the fall season, start winterizing your home so you and your family can stay comfy and cozy all winter long:
Service Your Heating System
Have regularly scheduled maintenance performed on your home heating system. A professional HVAC technician will change the filters in the system, ensure that the thermostat and the pilot light are working properly and ensure that your heating system is working as efficiently as possible.
Not only will regular maintenance ensure you stay warm all winter long, but it will also reduce the amount of money you spend on heating by as much as 1 to 2 percent each year.
Check Out the Insulation
The Department of Energy states that the thermal performance of your insulation – how well it insulates your home – depends on the right type of insulation. They suggest checking blanket insulation and blown in insulation. Measure the depth and make sure that there aren't any gaps between spaces. A depth of 12 inches is recommended, though thicker is certainly better.
Check and Clean the Heating Vents
Over the year, dirt and debris can collect on top of and inside of the baseboards and radiators. That blockage can impact the amount of heat that is able to be pushed through the baseboards and radiators, making your home feel chilly.
Cleaning them is simple; just use a vacuum to remove the buildup of dirt and debris.
Inspect the Chimney
If you use your fireplace is a source of heat for your home, make sure to have the chimney cleaned before the winter weathers roll in. Soot and ash buildup from the previous season can lead to improper exhaust of smoke, which can lead to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home.
Also, you should make sure that the damper on the chimney is closed when the fireplace is not in use. This will prevent cold air from blowing into your home and prevent the escape of heat.
Stay warm when the cold weather rolls in by properly winterizing your home in the fall. You'll be amazed by how much these simple winterizing tips will keep your home comfortable. To learn more, contact a company like Colorado Comfort Systems with any questions or concerns you have/