Before the cold weather of winter hits the Front Range of Colorado, follow these tips for winterizing your home while saving money and using less energy this winter.
- Service your HVAC system and make any heating repairs needed. Be ready with these tips from our last blog.
- Before closing up your home for the colder months, test out your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Change out the batteries with brand new batteries.
- Clean your humidifiers out, disinfect and replace any filters they have. If you have a whole-house humidifier, have it serviced when you have your heating unit repaired so it’s ready to go when you need it.
- Close the damper on your fireplace when it’s not being used.The damper allows the smoke to exit your home through the chimney, so don’t forget to open it again before you light a fire. However, it also allows warm air during the winter and cooled air during the summer to escape. If you have the damper sealed during the summer, remove the seal before lighting a fire. If your fireplace isn’t functional, you may want to seal it off with weatherstriping.
- Replace any weather stripping you have around your doors to help keep drafts to a minimum.
- Have all HVAC ducts cleaned. The combination of cold weather, dry air and dust can create sinus and throat irritation at a time when cold season is at its highest. Reduce one factor by having a professional come in and clean and disinfect the ductwork system.
- Remove any furniture that might be blocking cold air returns throughout your home.