How can you save money on heating costs? The best way is to prepare your home for the winter. Here’s a quick list of things to do to ensure your home is ready for the cold days of winter:
– Prevent air leaks at exterior doors and windows by caulking them and using weatherstripping to stop the leaks. Also, check to see if you need to caulk around your exterior hose bibs, vents, etc.,
– Have your furnace professionally serviced every year once you turn the heat on. Make sure you replace the furnace filter often (this is one of the cheapest and easiest things you can do).
– Add insulation to any exposed duct work and have your ducts cleaned if needed to remove excess dirt and allow the air to flow unrestricted and cleaner.
– If you have a fireplace, ensure the damper is securely closed, put a chimney cap and most importantly make sure you have the chimney cleaned at the end of every season if you use it.
– Trim any tree branches that are overhanging on your roof or touching your home.
– Have your gutters cleaned from all debris to avoid ice dams. Also, make sure they are secured properly.
This a good to do list to save money on heating your home. Take care of these items annually and as your budget allows consider upgrades to your furnace, AC, hot water heater, exterior windows/doors as needed to improve efficiency. These are not glamorous upgrades but they do make a difference on your utility bills and when you sell the home.