The beautiful fall weather outside makes it very difficult to think of winter and furnaces.
But the time is now to prepare your home and furnace for winter. No one wants to be left in the cold INSIDE their home.
John McCall from Deets Mechanical shares four tips for weatherizing your home:
1) Check your furnace: making sure it operates properly. It’s a good idea to have your furnace checked and cleaned annually, and filters replaced monthly or as needed.
2) Check your duct systems for leakage. Use metal backed tape to make repairs (duct tape does not stand up over time). Ducts may need insulated if they are in an unconditioned space. Duct cleaning will improve air flow and indoor air quality.
3) Reverse ceiling fans for the winter months (Looking up at the fan the blades should turn clockwise for winter use).
4) Find and block obvious leaks coming into your home on both the inside and outside of your house.
A tip on how to find leaks: On a windy day, walk around your house with a lit incense stick checking for leaks around doors, windows, electrical outlets and switches. Electrical switches and outlets covers can be removed and gaskets installed. Leaks around doors and windows can be repaired with weather-stripping, door sweeps and caulking.
Winterizing will protect you from the cold and save on heating bills too. It doesn’t take long but the payoff is great!
Share with us what tips you have to prepare your home for the cold winter weather. Leave a comment below or on the Facebook post.
~Cheryl Pastor, Social Media Specialist
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