How is it going with your with pre-winter maintenance? In addition to your fall cleanup and repairs, along with a furnace tune-up, it’s worth adding an extra few items to your checklist.
These items are specifically geared to help make your home cozy and safe for the duration of the winter. Here is what you need to know.
Make Sure Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are Working
This is the most important season to ensure that your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working well. That’s because with more fireplace use and with your furnace being on full-time, the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increases.
Test your units to ensure that they work properly. It’s a good time of year to put in fresh batteries too. Avoid painting on top of units because it will block the sensors.
For extra safety, put a fire extinguisher on each floor of your home. Fire extinguishers have expiry dates, so double check that they are current.
Benefits of Insulation
One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home be more energy efficient is to have it properly insulated. How do you know it is insulated?
One way to check is to pop off electrical outlets and shine a flashlight around to see. There are other indications that your home isn’t adequately insulated, like drafts, problems with mice, attic leaks, drafts, and fluctuating temperatures.
You can prevent about 80 percent of heating loss, just by padding up your insulation. It’s a worthwhile investment because it boosts your home’s value and reduces your operating costs.
Here in Indianapolis, we have to be prepared in the event of an intense cold snap. You could be faced with icy walkways, porches, driveways, and even pipes. Making it dangerous to walk outside your home.
Stocking up on de-icing salt and keeping it accessible is a good way to minimize that risk.
Benefits of Ventilation
You associate air circulation more commonly with the summer, to keep cool. However, it is just as important to keep the air moving in the winter. This is because you need to your home to be relatively dry in order for it to heat properly.
Additionally, an excess of moisture will cause mold to grow, which could make you sick. Installing a heat exchanger is a good idea; a low-tech solution is to open windows slightly for a few minutes a day, which will keep air moving.