Though Guelph might be experiencing a mild fall, the cold winter temperatures are on their way. And winterizing your home in preparation for the cold and snow isn’t just a smart way to stay warm and keep your house protected: it can also save you money on your energy bills. So check out some of our tips for winterizing your home!
1) Check for leaks throughout your home
Even though you might think your home is sealed, many homeowners don’t realize how many potential leaks there are throughout their home. From drafty windows to leaks in electrical sockets, there are lots of potential places for the warm air to escape from your home this weekend. To combat this, do a thorough inspection and seal leaks with caulking or weather stripping.
2) Replace furnace filters
A clogged or worn out furnace filter can cause your HVAC system to work overtime, producing higher electricity bills and not much heat. Replacing your furnace filters is an easy fix to get your system back up to speed and working the way it should this winter. While you’re at it, be sure to get your furnace serviced to avoid any big problems when you need it most.
3) Reverse your ceiling fans
Who knew ceiling fans could actually contribute to keeping your house warm? There’s a switch on every ceiling fan to reverse the direction that it spins. Switch them to rotate clockwise during the winter to keep warm air circulating throughout your home and push the warm air down from the ceiling.
4) Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Winter is the most common time of year for fires and carbon monoxide poisoning because we’re running our furnaces, boilers and gas appliances overtime to keep warm. That's why it's a good idea to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once every six months, and it's a great idea to do it just before the winter starts. Make sure each one has working batteries and change them if needed.