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“Every mile in winter is two!”
This old quote is a powerful one and it is so true. The less you prepare for winter the more those miles feel longer. Those short winter days can seem even longer.
There is a limited time to prepare for old man winter. He will come. He comes every year and you feel the draft coming from that same window or door and you realize you should have had it fixed during the summer.
There are tasks like this that you should be jumping on now. If you waste your time you will spend much more money on repairs later down the line.
None of us like to see that power bill jump or paying that giant oil bill. Heating the home can be a beast and a burden. Insulation is crucial and prepping the home for winter should include that and so much more. Let’s look at some pre-winter home tasks that can save you money and headaches!
Keep those gutters cleaned out to assure they don’t fill with leaf and water mixture that freezes and cracks your gutters. That is a big problem and not one you want to deal with during the winter.
Whatever fuel you use to heat your home, well, get plenty! If your backup heat source is kerosene or propane than be sure you have plenty.
Don’t wait for that first cold day to call and order oil.
Many people forget to drop those storm windows which do a great job of keeping that first layer of cold from getting into your home.
Leaks and Drafts
Under doors and around windows can be places where the heat just leaks from the home. These areas should all be inspected when the weather changes. A simple bit of foam can make a world of difference in how much cold air is coming in.
Ceiling fans should be turned to run clockwise. This will suck that cold air up and push the warm air down.