Winter in Northern Kentucky brings every changing weather with it’s never ending surprises, keeping even the meteorologist on their toes. While it can often be festive and certainly allow us to experience our own winter wonderland, it also requires of us to adequately prepare our homes to avoid the unexpected repairs and to help cut energy expenses.
The following is a list of a few of the top things to consider when making an effort to lower energy costs and prepare your home for winter.
- Clean out the gutters
- Disconnect and drain all outside hoses
- Shut off outside water faucets
- Insulate walls and attic
- Caulk and weather-strip doors and windows
- Remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your home.
- Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
- Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
- Keep the flue of your fireplace closed, when not in use. (Be sure to have it serviced and cleaned before use)
- Have roof inspected to ensure its winter weather ready.
- Remove furniture away from vents that could block your heat source.
- Switch ceiling fans to their winter setting.
- Have your furnace and heat source cleaned and serviced.
- Replace furnace filters
- Check/Replace smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
- Lower your thermostat at night.
- Heat only the rooms you are using
- Use a humidifier to add moister to the air. (moist air feels warmer)
We hope you find this information helpful in preparing your home for the cold weather to come.
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