Getting Your House Ready for Winter

1. Check Your Furnace

Winter is coming – so before you absolutely need to crank up that furnace, make sure everything is working properly. Fred’s Heating does offer 24 hour service – but really, let’s not wait to use it until some cold November morning at 4am. Check those furnaces now! Make sure you replace your furnace filter, keep vents clear, and keep all flammable objects at a healthy distance.

2. Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Most ceiling fans have a little switch you can flip to reverse direction. By doing this, you can actually save up to 10% on heating costs. Doing this causes the cooler air to be drawn upward, which forces the warmer air near the ceiling back down into the room. This saves money on heating costs because it allows you to turn your thermostat down a couple degrees, while still keeping your house warm. Just make sure it is going clockwise!

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3. Look at the Roof

Check your roof to make sure there are no leaks that would cause cold air to come into your house. Take a look to make sure none of your shingles are missing or curling up. And, don’t forget to clear all debris from the roof and ensure that there is no damage to the gutters. Clear, solid roof = more energy savings all winter long.

4. Clean the Gutters

Another important thing to do with your gutters is to clean them out, since they’ll likely be filled with leaves. It’s not the most fun job, but it’s essential in order to prevent water damage to your home.

Gutters

5. Insulate Your House

This one is huge if you want to stay warm without cranking that thermostat up to a ridiculously high temperature. Make sure you chalk around doors and windows and fill in cracks so cold air doesn’t seep in and warm air doesn’t leave. A well-insulated house is one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy and reduce your heating bills.

6. Check for Leaks in Your Air Ducts

If your ducts are not properly sealed, you’ll be getting some pretty steep heating bills. Make sure they’re joined, and if you see a weak spot, tape them up.

7. Take Care of Your Air Conditioner

This is something people don’t think of when it comes to winterizing. Make sure you clean out your condensing unit; if you don’t, you’ll add strain to your HVAC system. Keep your unit tightly covered over the winter. If you purchase a cover, make sure it’s water-resistant without being water proof. That way it, the unit can vent and allow air circulation. Otherwise, you face the possibility of rust build up.

AC

8. Restock Winter Essentials

Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. Minnesota winters can be pretty harsh. Make sure you’re ready!