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Winter Is Coming: 3 Tips For Winter-Proofing Your House This Summer

Although you may still be sweating through the dog days this summer, winter is coming, sooner than you think. Those cold winds will soon be blowing, and you’ll be wearing sweaters once more. So even when the air conditioner is still running strong, it’s time to think about winter-proofing your house. You need to take a break from summer fun and plan for the cold winter weather.

Furnace

Every year, experts tell you to have your furnace inspected, and every year you postpone making an appointment or neglect to make one at all. As a result, you may end up with a malfunctioning unit on Christmas Eve or on the coldest night of the year. Making an appointment in August means not having to fight for a slot in October. The average cost of a furnace repair is $262; however, a furnace inspection may catch potential problems before they fully develop. Also, the cost of a scheduled appointment may be significantly less than an emergency visit. Having the professionals in early is the best way to save money.

Insulate and Caulk

One reason people do not prepare properly for winter is that the tasks are hard and hot work. However, proper insulation and caulking has proven to have beneficial effects on your comfort level and your energy bill. Simply adding insulation to your attic can make a huge difference. Buying a few rolls and installing it yourself is an excellent investment of your time. Also, simply buying caulk and applying it inside and out cuts down on drafts and your energy bills.

Pipes

Insulating your pipes is another often-overlooked task. Simply applying insulated sleeves to your plumbing can help raise the temperature of your water by up to four degrees. Even this small improvement allows your to lower the temperature on your water heater, further reducing your energy expenses. This job can also be a sweaty task, but you’ll be glad you made the effort when the temperature falls below zero. You can contact a local plumber if you need professional help.

Many people dread winter and try not to think about it until it arrives. If you’ve followed that strategy in the past, you know just how ineffective it is. This year, make it your task to follow expert advice and prepare for it properly. If you do, your heating and cooling bills will be lower and your comfort level higher. Also, your HVAC experts will thank you for planning ahead.