(WNY News Now) – As winter approaches and temperatures drop homeowners may want to use essential tips to safeguard your home against the cold.
Jamestown – With the impending arrival of winter, experts emphasize the importance of readying your home for plummeting temperatures. Taking proactive measures can ensure your residence remains warm and energy-efficient throughout the season. Here are some tips to fortify your home against the winter chill:
Replace Furnace Filter: A clean filter alleviates strain on your furnace, reducing energy costs and preventing potential damage.
Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance: Ensure the efficiency of your heating system by arranging a professional HVAC technician to conduct annual maintenance.
Install Programmable Thermostat: Optimize energy usage by setting temperatures based on your family’s schedule, preventing unnecessary heating when no one is home.
Check Thermostat Batteries: Change thermostat batteries annually to maintain proper functionality.
Seal Leaks with Caulk or Weather Stripping: Prevent heat loss by sealing gaps around doors and windows.
Use a Humidifier: Combat dry winter air with a humidifier, enhancing warmth and heat retention.
Explore Balanced Billing Plans: Inquire about balanced billing or budget plans to manage winter heating costs through regular monthly payments.
Optimize Thermostat Settings: Set your thermostat to the lowest comfortable temperature and utilize programmable features to align with your daily schedule.
Utilize Ceiling Fans: Reverse the fan direction to trap heat and keep rooms warmer during colder months.
Ensure Unblocked Air Vents: Check and clear air vents of any obstructions caused by furniture or curtains.
Harness Solar Heat: Open curtains and blinds during the day to absorb sunlight, closing them at night to minimize chill from windows.
These tips will help keep temperatures up, and heating costs down.