A heavy snow fall just isn’t a day off school for the kids. As homeowners we need to be concerned with rising heating bills, broken water pipes and dirty furnace filters. Let’s look at a few things that you may not have thought about.
Put away the garden hose
Make sure you drain all the water from the hose before rolling it up. Don’t forget to shut off the main water valve for the outside taps. This will avoid any frozen pipes.
Check window stripping for any cracks
Losing heat from drafty windows is a huge waste of money. In fact, about one third of our heat supply is lost through these sometimes undetected cracks. Use waterproof caulking to repair any stripping around windows and door frames. If it’s in the budget, storm doors are great too.
Reverse the ceiling fans
Reversing the ceiling fans will push the warm air down. This is a very inexpensive way to keep the warm air circulating. Just remember to change the direction back in the spring.
Change those batteries
What a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is so very important to make sure these are working properly, especially before the furnace goes on.
Clean the gutters
Do this now so all the built up ice and snow has a place to escape in the spring thaw.
Check your furnace
Replace your filters and make sure the heat is travelling throughout the house. You may want to look at duct cleaning if it’s been a while.