As the temperatures drop and days grow shorter, you should start thinking about your home maintenance as well as getting it ready for the chilly winter months.
Winterizing your house is an easy and affordable way to keep an ideal temperature during the colder months. Here are a few things you can do to get ready for the winter and help keep your home all cosy:
Install a programmable thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat for your home can save you money on energy bills without sacrificing your comfort.
Heating your house using a thermostat allows you to set the times you need heating according to a pre-schedule. These thermostats can follow multiple-day settings that you can override without impacting the rest of the daily or weekly program.
Many brands come with an app for your phone, so you can connect to control your temperature remotely without ever leaving your bed. You can even set an alarmsysten to notify you when the temperature drops so you can turn on the heating system whenever you feel like it.
Service your chimney and furnace
Since you probably didn’t use it during the summer, getting your chimney and furnace inspected and clean before the burning season is an important winterization checklist item for fire safety.
During the burning season, deposits of creosote build-up on the inside of your chimney. When enough of it accumulates in your chimney, the smoke from a fire can cause it to ignite, which in turn leads to a chimney fire. Because chimneys are the number one cause of fires, having your chimney serviced can help keep your home and family safe from fire risk. Another thing that could help you fend off the risk of fire is by installing a fire alarm as close as possible to your chimney. Make sure you find a service or alarmselskap to install it for you if you’re not familiar with the system.
Tune-up your home’s heating system
Winter is the prime time for heating systems. Having someone to tend to your heating system, whether it runs on gas or electricity, could help with unexpected repairs during the winter months. For example, if you’re using a Daiseikai 9, you should have it serviced twice yearly: once in the fall and once in the spring. This will ensure that it stays clean and that its parts are in good shape to operate and heat your home throughout the winter season.
Seal gaps around windows and doors
Inspect your doors and windows every year to prevent heat loss and water damage. To seal your windows, you will need a caulk gun that will cost you around $20. This should only take a couple of minutes, depending on how many doors and windows you have to seal.
Make sure you use exterior silicone caulk to seal the outside perimeter of your windows and doors as it is less affected by the extreme temperatures – which means it won’t shrink or expand at varying temperatures.