Don’t be fooled by the late warm November weather. Winter is coming.
As Minnesotans, we all form this denial about the inevitable winter. But whether we like it or not, winter is right around the corner, and you should ask yourself, “Is my house ready?”
I’ll be the first to admit that my home is most certainly not ready — though I can’t say the same for our Christmas lights. They’re prepped and waiting.
Before we get too much snow, my goal is to make sure our house stays warm, dry, and efficient throughout the winter season.
Here are a few of the easier things on my home winterizing checklist:
- Change our furnace filter. During the furnace months, they recommend changing your filter every month. Get your furnace started on the right path by swapping out that old filter for a new one before the furnace is constantly on.
- Reverse the setting on our ceiling fans. This helps push the hot air (that rises) down to the living areas. It one of the more convenient and cost-effective ways to keep your home warmer in the winter months.
- Check for drafts. Drafts can raise your energy usage from 5 percent to upwards of 30 percent. That’s a lot! Check along door lines and windows. Sealing these cracks can help save you big time.
After taking care of our furnace, fans, and drafts, our family will likely turn our attention to a few bigger tasks. These include the following:
- Install storm doors and windows. These can increase the efficiency of your home by 45 percent. It’s a bigger ticket item on the initial purchase, but quickly saves you money all winter long.
- Tune up our furnace. Just like a car, your furnace needs an occasional tune up. Getting it regularly checked and lubricated could end up saving you around 5 percent in total heating costs.
- Boost insulation. Spray foam insulation can be costly to install, but the savings on it over time can be enormous. Consider this option, especially when you remodel or add to your home. It might be worth to splurge.
Be proactive this winter and get your home ready before you get snowed in. You know I will!