November 19, 2019 at 2:44am | Barb Huntley
Now that fall is nearing its end, it’s time to prepare your home for the cold weather. Sure, turning on the fireplace and having a few more blankets lying around will help, but there are many other things that you as a homeowner can do to save costs on electricity and gas bills throughout the winter.

Inspect your heating system - For $100 or less you can have a technician inspect your heating system to make sure it is running clean and performing efficiently. They will measure carbon monoxide leakage, and make the necessary repairs to save you money in the long run. It’s a good idea to request a service appointment earlier than later, before the cold of the winter sets in.

Check out the roof - Take a walk on top of your home and look for damaged, cracked, or missing shingles that can lead to leaks throughout the winter from melting snow. If it is needed, hire a handyman to repair a few shingles, and check the flashing seals around vents and chimneys. Other things you can do, is to clear off any fall leaves and pine needles on your roof, as they hold in moisture and can contribute to water leaks and damages.

Reverse your ceiling fans - Most ceiling fans have a reverse switch, which you will want to flip on for the winter months. By doing this, the fan will rotate clockwise and create an updraft that will push down heated air into the room from the ceiling. This is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings and may allow you to keep your thermostat turned down by a degree or two for energy savings.

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