Winter is officially only a few weeks away in Pearland, Texas, so it is time to get busy preparing your home for the season ahead. In addition to making your home more energy efficient by getting a furnace tune-up, there are some other things that you need to attend to so that you are warm and safe in your home all winter long.
Does your winter checklist contain these items? Read on:
Insulate and Ventilate
Air circulation is important in the winter because it will help your home heat evenly. Too much moisture will interfere. If you’ve got exhaust fans, run them to get rid of moist air in the bathrooms and kitchen.
If you don’t have a heat exchanger, open windows a crack for a few minutes each day to get fresh air. Make sure that furniture isn’t tight against the wall in the basement, which can promote mold growth.
Most homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. Some signs that yours is one of them are drafts, cold ceiling and floors, bug and mice problems, attic leaks, fluctuating indoor temps and high heating bills. Investing in extra insulation is a good investment because it increases the value of your home and saves on your heating bills.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
There is nothing more valuable to your safety than your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Get in the habit of checking them twice a year, but it is even more important that you tend to it before the winter hits.
That’s because the furnace is on and the fireplace gets used, increasing the possibility of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Make sure that units are working well and are supplied with fresh batteries. Also, place a fire extinguisher on each floor. Don’t forget to check the expiry date.