4 Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

We’ve already had our first couple of snow falls here in Wisconsin, and while they didn’t stick for most of the state, we know it won’t be too long until winter comes in full force. With icy winds and heaps of snow just around the corner, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared. Take a look at 4 steps to get your home ready for winter:

Changing the Furnace Filter

Dirty air filters make the furnace work harder than necessary

1. Change out your heater’s air filter. Old air filters can make heating units work much harder to heat your home. An over-worked heater will use more energy, costing you more money. The extra strain will even reduce the life-span of your home’s heater. It’s usually possible for homeowners to replace these filters by themselves, and they should be replaced about every month.

Make sure to update the insulation

Maximize efficiency by updating the insulation!

2. Update your insulation. If you have an old home, your insulation may be lacking. Attics, ceilings, and exterior walls with sub-par insulation will let the warm air in your home escape with ease. Investing in new insulation for these troublesome areas is one of the best ways to maximize energy efficiency in your home, and save you money this winter.

Cleaning the Fireplace

Preparing your fireplace for winter helps with efficiency and safety

3. Clean out your fireplace. For homes with fireplaces, preparing them for use before winter comes is important for not only efficiency, but also safety. Make sure to get it cleaned by a professional chimney sweep so it’s free of any soot and build-up. Stock up on clean, dry wood to reduce smoke and the formation of deposits in your chimney. And lastly, inspect the fireplace’s screen or guard to make sure the fire stays in, and children stay out.

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4. Replace your old windows. Leaky windows are one of the worst culprits when it comes to keeping your home warm during the winter months. They let warm air seep right out, and let the icy outer-air come right in. Replacing your old, drafty windows with new, efficient, and long-lasting windows from AHT is guaranteed to keep your home warmer this winter, and save you money on energy costs for years to come!

For more information on how replacement windows from AHT can help your home get ready for Winter, contact us, or give us a call at 866-367-6560!