Cold weather has arrived to our corner of the world. As you prepare to hang holiday lights, make snowmen, and fire up the furnace we have some tips to keep you, your family, and your wallet warm all winter long.
First up, let’s talk about what you can do on the outside of your home.
Check your gutters, drains, and window wells.
Take the time now to make sure all of your gutters, drains, and window wells are clear of leaves, debris, and any possible blockages. This will hopefully keep you from needing to venture out into the snow and ice to remove blockages plus save you the cost of replacing any that might crack or break when stuffed too full and covered in icicles.
Check out your trees.
If you live on a lot with lots of mature trees it’s worth your time to have a look at the health of those trees before any bad weather hits. If you have any dead or dying trees or long limbs hanging over your roof, now is the time to trim them or have them cut down so they don’t fall on your home during winter storms, causing damage to your roof and property.
Check window seals.
Take a look at all of your windows and make sure that the seals around them are still intact and air-tight. This will help you keep the warm air in and cold air out this winter, ultimately reducing your heating bills.
Ok, now let’s take a look at what you can do to care for the inside of your home this winter.
Is your insulation adequate?
Insulation helps you to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer which means that it’s actually a smart upgrade for any season. But if you live in an older home or haven’t checked on the state of your insulation in recent years, take a moment to have a look. If it’s looking pretty sparse you may be able to call in a company to help insulate your house better or you may be able to DIY it for a lot less. Either way, good insulation = lots of energy savings all year long.
Clean out your dryer vent.
Clogged dryer vents are the #1 cause of house fires in the United States. While checking your dryer vent periodically is always a good idea, sometimes this flies under the radar during the colder months. Luckily, having your dryer vent cleaned is relatively inexpensive, helps your clothing get cleaner and drier, and can save you money on your energy bills (and your insurance by preventing fires).
Have your ductwork cleaned!
Come on, you knew this was coming, right? We know we’re a duct cleaning company and we know this is a bit of a shameless plug, but hear us out. In the winter when all your windows are shut tight and your furnace is constantly running a few things happen:
- The air in your home dries out, irritating your skin and nose
- Your nose and skin are then more susceptible to other irritants, like allergens
- Whatever’s in that air is building up and constantly recirculting, which means that you are more likely to have allergens, dust, and dust mites in your system
Maybe none of this bothers you. Or maybe you had your ductwork cleaned recently. If so, then this advice may not apply to you. But if you have allergies, have certain skin or health conditions, and/or haven’t had your ductwork cleaned in a long time then you may want to consider making an appointment.
Having your ductwork cleaned ensures that you and your home stay healthy this winter (at the height of cold season, no less) and can help your home be more energy-efficient, too. This can save you money that would be better spent on your family over the holidays and who doesn’t want more of that?
So call today and let us help you check this item off your to-do list!