Fall is officially here, which makes it the perfect time of year to winterize your home. Take action before this winter’s first frost to reduce costs and forego the headaches of last-minute repairs in inclement weather. Here are a few simple tips to keep you warm during the upcoming cold months that take it easy on your wallet.
1. Seal Up Cracks
Warm air can escape through cracks in places you may not realize. Whether you replace the caulk around your windows or the weatherstripping around your doors, you may save hundreds in heating costs by filling draft areas.
2. Clean Out Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can give way to ice dams, which may cause damage to your roof, basement, or even foundation. Remove debris, check for any structural damage, and clean out downspouts to prevent issues when the cold weather hits. Install gutter guards as a preventative measure and to help maintain the effectiveness of your water removal system.
3. Replace Your Air Filters
A dirty air filter will cause your engine to work harder, increase fuel emissions, and result in higher heating bills. A new filter will also increase your home’s air quality by removing dust accumulated in the vents over the summer months.
4. Upgrade Your Thermostat
Purchase a programmable thermostat that allows you to regulate the temperature. A newer model can significantly lower your utility bill and will operate based on your schedule.
5. Inspect Your Chimney and Fireplace
A chimney sweep will be able to determine any obstructions or presence of creosote, a smoke byproduct that is highly flammable. Close the damper or flue in your fireplace to keep even more of your heat inside.
6. Inspect Your Chimney and Fireplace
It is vital to care for and maintain your oil tank even before you need the heat. Call Professional Tank & Environmental for a free inspection and estimate. Whether you need to get your oil tank serviced or new installation, Professional Tank & Environmental is here to help.
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