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From the Porch to the Bedroom: Five Strategies to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter

Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to prepare your home for the colder weather. You can do many things to prepare your home for fall and winter, most of which are easy and affordable. This blog post will discuss five ways to prepare your home for fall and winter. These tips will help keep you warm and save you from all the hustle and bustle of last-minute winter preparations.

Take Heed of Heat from the Sun

One easy way to keep your home warm during the colder months is by taking advantage of the sun’s heat. The sun, the primary energy source, is a fantastic source of natural warmth, so open your curtains during the day to allow sunlight and close them at night to keep warm air trapped inside.

Consider investing in solar panels to collect and use the sun’s energy, which can save money on electricity bills. Make sure to clean your windows beforehand for maximum sun exposure.

Seal Air Leaks and Cracks

Another way to keep warm air trapped inside your home during the fall and winter is by sealing any leaks or cracks. Sealing can be done by checking for drafts around doors and windows and using weather stripping or caulking to fill them.

Caulking involves using a sealant to fill gaps or cracks in materials, such as around windows and doors. Weatherstripping uses a foam or vinyl strip to cover gaps and prevent air from leaking.

Not only will this save on heating costs by 20%, but it can also prevent moisture build-up and damage to your walls.

Regular Inspection of Fireplace and Chimney

Inspecting and cleaning your fireplace and chimney helps address issues before they arise and keeps your home safe from accidental fires.

Hire a professional service technician to inspect and clean your chimney annually to remove any creosote buildup, a black substance that builds up in ducts from burning wood. Also, try changing your fireplace filter, whether it is a gas or electric one.

Clean your Gutter

While you were enjoying your summer, leaves, and debris may have clogged your gutter resulting in blockage. This clogging results in water being unable to drain properly and can damage your roof or foundation.

Clean out your gutters before the heavy rain and snowfall of fall and winter arrive to prevent ice dams from forming. After cleaning every debris out, ensure the channels are securely attached to the roof and downspouts are directed away from your home’s foundation. 

Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat helps you save money on heating costs without sacrificing comfort by setting specific temperatures at different times of the day. This way, you can have your home warm and toasty while at home but lower the temperature when nobody is there.

You can also use it to automatically turn off the heating while you are asleep or on vacation, resulting in even more savings.

Allow Grand Homes to Help You

With these tips and tricks, preparing your home for the fall and winter shouldn’t be daunting.

You can keep your home warm and cozy during these cold seasons without spending much of your money on energy bills. At Grand Homes, we’ve been creating classic homes of enduring value and style, built with energy-efficient materials to keep you warm during the colder months. Visit our website today.