Hello fall! Take these steps to make your home comfortable and energy efficient when the cold arrives

From your doors and windows to your heating system - these steps will help make your home more comfortable and energy efficient when cold weather arrives.

News 12 Staff

Oct 4, 2021, 6:59 PM

Updated 1,022 days ago

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Hello fall! Take these steps to make your home comfortable and energy efficient when the cold arrives
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The weather is turning cooler and the nights are growing longer. From your doors and windows to your heating system - these steps will help make your home more comfortable and energy efficient when cold weather arrives.
Doors and Windows
• Replace worn weather stripping around all doors and windows.
• Caulk around gaps in windows and doors.
• Install storm doors if you don't have them.
• Consider replacing older windows with newer, more energy-efficient models.
Insulation and Air Sealing
• Hire a contractor to ensure that your home is insulated according to recommended levels for your area. Install insulation as needed.
• Add foam insulation gaskets to electrical outlets and switches on external walls (remember to turn off the power first).
• Seal gaps in attic knee walls, soffits and basement rim joints by stuffing in pieces of insulation.
• Use expandable caulk to seal around gaps in exterior plumbing and wiring access.
Heating System
• Hire a qualified professional to clean and inspect your furnace or boiler.
• Clean vents and other heating system components.
• Replace your furnace filter regularly throughout the heating season.
• Install a programmable thermostat, which can save energy by automatically adjusting temperatures according to your schedule.
Outside
• Replace any missing or damaged roof shingles.
• Clean gutters and make sure downspouts point away from your house.
• Make sure flashings around the chimney and vent pipes are sealed tightly.
• Trim tree limbs that are touching or hanging over your house.
Get a Checkup
Autumn is a perfect time to schedule a home energy audit. Your auditor will inspect your home from top to bottom and suggest ways to improve efficiency and save money this winter and all year long.
For more ways to stay warm and save energy, please visit our 66 Ways to Save.


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