Getting Your Home Ready for the Cold

It’s November, and the weather is beginning to look a lot like the cold holiday season. A great thing about the cold weather around the holidays is that it forces us to take intentional steps to warm up our homes, creating a cozy, welcoming environment for family and friends who will be visiting us during the holiday season.

When the weather starts to get colder, that draft from the crack between the bottom of the floor and the door can be extremely frustrating. A great way to solve this problem is to buy a draft guard, which will seal up that crack and keep all the warm air in and the cold air out.

One important part of preparing your home for the cold is to make it feel cozy, because this will also make your home feel warm; therefore, choosing decor and blankets of a loud range of hues (oranges, reds, yellows, browns, etc) make the room feel more cozy and warm. Blues and some greens can create a relaxing impression, but also a cold one. Even the way the room is perceived psychologically has an important impact, and shouldn’t be overlooked when preparing your home for the cold.

It’s important to check your heater (furnace) to see if any repairs need to be made. Nobody wants to discover that their furnace isn’t working properly when they need it most! Most anyone can perform a basic inspection of a furnace to see if professional service is necessary – here’s how to inspect your heating system on most modern furnaces.

First, you want to simply go to your thermostat and turn on the heater. Typically, if the furnace is working properly, you will hear it kick in after a short delay (usually 1-2 seconds). Then, check the vents to see if you can feel them warming up or air being pushed out of them. If you cannot, turn the thermostat to the off position.

Next, check for and clean off any dust that is in or on the thermostat, as this can interfere with the thermostat’s calibration. Then, go to the fuse box and check the fuse for your furnace. Make sure everything is switched to the “ON” position. If, after switching it to the “ON” position, it immediately switches back to the off position, call a heating repair service. Do not attempt to make any electrical repairs yourself.

Finally, check the furnace itself for any obvious issues. Clean out any built up dust, and check to see if anything looks out of the ordinary; and, if accessible, examine the ducts to see if there are any cracks or any unsealed joints, as this may have been caused by not having professional maintenance done. It is important to find a reliable and reputable heating repair service to perform maintenance, inspections, and repairs each year before the cold winter season. It will save you a lot of money in the long run, and keep your home warm and cozy for the holiday season!

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