Winter will be here soon and there are certain changes you need to make to your home in order to lower energy bills, reduce waste and prevent unexpected expenses during the chilly winter months. Some simple checkups around the house can introduce you to an abundance of savings.
You should consider setting a day aside to do some yard maintenance because it is easier to do so before it gets too cold out, and the fall is also a good time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Other tasks like cleaning the gutters around your home should be done at least once a year, and a good time to do this is after the all the leaves have fallen out of the trees surrounding your home.
Another factor that could affect your gutters is their proximity to any pine trees you may have in your yard because the needles that shed are small and can clog your downspouts in unexpected ways. Doing a quick clean of your gutters isn’t as hard as you think and can prevent costly problems like a leaking roof or cracked foundations.
You should consider checking up on your furnace, especially if your home is heated by an older model. Rebates are offered to homeowners who invest in an updated HVAC unit and these rebates will allow you to save hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs.
It’s a good idea to do a furnace maintenance check before it gets too chilly out in order to decrease wasted energy and save money on your bill. All you have to do is organize an energy audit and a professional will come to your home to evaluate what appliances of yours can be updated, in order for you to qualify for the rebates. A simple assessment can introduce you to multiple ways to save and it doesn’t hurt to see some of your options. Replacing your HVAC unit may seem costly and daunting but an efficient system will save you money in the long run and it will ensure that your family is comfortable in the winter.
Looking into your home’s plumbing is very important if you want to avoid expensive problems like frozen pipes or problems with your outdoor drainage. Pipes are expensive to fix once they’re frozen and this problem can be prevented.
You should also look out for issues that can worsen over time like leaky pipes and dripping taps before these problems grow into a costly endeavor. Insulating pipes is another key to ensuring your water runs smoothly in the winter so be sure to check up on pipes that are in exposed areas like the attic or the basement.
Winter time is for relaxing and enjoying cozy activities with the family and leading up to it, you may want to think about the efficiency of your appliances and some updates you can make to your home. It’s a good idea to plan ahead by looking into yard maintenance, your furnace and your home’s plumbing in order to ensure that you and your loved ones get the most out of the coming season.