Winter Warm Ups

Along with pulling out your woolies, October is a great month to think about making sure your home is warm and cozy for the winter – and most importantly – energy-efficient to save you money. Here are some things you should do before the snow flies.

Seek the leak
Walk around your home to see what needs to be done, such as cracks in caulking around windows that might need fixing to ensure the heat stays in, and the wind stays out. Check masonry, crawl spaces, the roof, attic, doors, electrical outlets, gutters, etc. Insulate where you can. And, here's a good way to check for leaks: walk around inside on a windy day with a lit incense stick!

Fire up the furnace
First things first, turn on your furnace to ensure it's working. You don't want to wait until that first frigid day to find out you have no heat! Have a professional check and clean your furnace and your ductwork to ensure that the warm air flows freely. If your heating system is on its last legs, consider replacing it with a high-efficiency unit.

Filter in the goodness
Furnace filters should be changed regularly – at least twice a year – to ensure good airflow, and to reduce allergens and dust. Give your humidifier a good cleaning to remove water build-up, and finally, if you don't already have a programmable thermostat, think about making the switch.

Sweep out the chimney
If gathering around a fireplace is a beloved winter activity in your home, make sure it's a safe one. Have your chimney cleaned by a professional once a year to wipe clean the sooty build-up that can cause a fire. They'll also inspect to ensure liners and flues are in good shape and that no "families" took up residence over the summer.

Fan the warmth
Reverse your ceiling fan to push warm air downward. When you look up, the blades should be turning clockwise.

Contact MCAP about financing for a winter warm-up project such as upgrading insulation throughout your home. Contact us today.

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