How to Winterize Your Home

Have you felt it? There is a slight chill in the air in the early mornings! Since we are in Arkansas, that chill is still giving way to some warm temperatures throughout the day, but that momentary cool provides evidence that winter is coming. Here are a few things to check off of your list to make sure your home is ready for the winter months:

  1. Heat Check

You don’t want to wait until it is 30 degrees outside and your heat has stopped working before you get your systems checked. Emergency heat and air services are more stressful (and sometimes more expensive) than a routine maintenance call. Schedule that routine check now to avoid an emergency later.

  1. Crack Check

Heat can easily escape out of small cracks and crevices at the base of walls, door jams, and other areas that settle throughout the year. As temperatures change, the way your house sits together can change due to the expanding or contracting materials from which it is built. As the weather cools off, check for any new cracks that may appear from the contracting materials. Use caulk or a similar material to fill the cracks and help your home maintain the heat.

  1. Fan Check

Make sure your ceiling fans are turning clockwise. This will force warm air down from the ceiling and help keep your home feeling warmer by putting the heated air back down to your cozy spot on the couch.

  1. Filter Check

This is probably already part of your regular home maintenance, but make sure to check your filters and swap them out for new filters as needed. A clean filter keeps your heating system functioning most efficiently. If too much build up occurs in the filter, it puts a major strain on your system as it has to work harder to produce the same results.

These four tips will get you off to a great start in preparing your home for the colder months. If you take the time to do them now, you will enjoy the benefits of a toasty home later. Now, is it too early for Christmas music?

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