Fall weather is upon us, and despite the warm weather trends happening in the Bay Area recently, preparing for the fall and winter months ahead, will save your household money when the cold air descends.
Here are five ways to prepare your home for cold weather ahead:
1) ITS GREAT TO INSULATE
Insulation is a very important way to help prepare your home in the winter months. Good insulation will help with trapping warm heat in the home. Without proper insulation, heat will escape through cracks in walls, ventilation systems, and open doors.
Heat flow can also move indirectly through interior ceilings, walls, and floors wherever there is a difference in temperature. Little things like, replace filters, caulking around windows, will help keep the warm air in by providing an effective resistance to the flow of heat.
2) GET YOUR WINDOWS READY
Windows do more then provide views outside your home. They help with insulation and provide a barrier to the cold. Good insulation will help with trapping warm heat in the home.
Seal up windows with one of the many temporary products designed to increase energy efficiency. Double pane windows or windows with low-e coating reduce heat loss by approx 10%-20% and even reflect back part of the room’s heat. Also consider upgrading to heavier curtains in anticipation.
Without proper insulation, heat will escape through cracks in walls, ventilation systems, and open doors. Little things like, replacing filters, caulking around windows, will help keep the warm air in.
2. REVERSE YOUR FAN
Reverse air flow. During the summer months, ceiling fans area a great and alternative way to cool your home without over using the air conditioner. But did you know, it has the capability to reverse it’s air flow? Changing the direction of how your fan can help to circulate warm air in your home. The air will be pushed down keeping your family nice and toasty. To make sure you’ve done this correctly, look and make sure the fan blades are spinning clockwise.
4. PREP YOUR LAWN FOR HIBERNATION
Believe it or not, landscaping can also help with keeping your costs down and help with cutting down the winter wind chill. Planting windbreaks, such as evergreen trees and shrubs, along the exterior walls of the outside of your home, will help to naturally insulate the home .
5. SPRUCE UP THE FIREPLACE
When you start to fire up the wood burning fireplace, you know it’s fall and winter. Before you start up the fire, consider replacing your wood burning fireplace with something more energy efficient, like a wood stove or gas insert. Install glass doors with a heat-air exchange system, and make sure that your chimney is swept clean and your flue damper is properly sealed.
Now is a good time to clean out last year’s ashes, and stock up on new wood for the winter. Have the chimney cleaned once a year as well. If you do love your wood burning fireplace and still want to be energy efficient, take these necessary steps can help you save money in the long run.
While it may seem like the summer days are endless, fall and winter are just around the corner and prepping your home now means more relaxing when the temperature drops.
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