Winter begins – December 21st – are you prepared in your home?
Here is an article from Kiplinger that shared the 12 items that you should do to prepare your home for winter. In case you didn’t do them, you can review them now.
These are the points that you can do at any time:
Check your furnace/AC – if you call when there isn’t an extreme temperature drop, you can probably avoid the “OMG, my furnace went out and it is -15 degrees outside” charge. One thing that you should be doing monthly is changing your filters, especially if you are using the thin fiberglass filters.
Flip your ceiling fan direction – according to the energy star, fans are for the comfort of people, not the air movement. We use our ceiling fans all year long to help circulate the air, especially in the rooms with volume ceilings. We also leave the blowers on our furnace on all the time to help the air circulate between the basement and the upper floors. View this YouTube video to check on the direction your fan blades should be going right now!
Caulk around windows/doors – If you can hold a candle in front of your window and the flame extinguishes, you might have a leaky window. Apply some caulk around any gaps. Read more here.