I know I am early, but we are only a month and a half away from Christmas music. With Labor day hangovers fading to mere workplace apathy, it is time to start considering getting our homes ready for colder weather. Here are a few tips to get yourself ready for the chilly weather well in advance of 8 hours of daylight we are headed for.
Get your Furnace Serviced: Finding out there is a problem with your heat is no fun, but if there is one you would rather find out in September than December. Things like changing the filter are easy enough to do yourself, but have a HVAC guy look at your system now, before they get inundated with emergencies. The last thing you want is to have to pay weekend rates so your pipes don’t freeze.
Fill the gaps: Energy costs are outrageous. While getting new windows and re-insulating the attic may be out of your comfort zone, a few cans of insulating foam is affordable. These cans cost around $5 for a 16 oz can, and expand to fill whatever space you need. Take off the molding around your doors and windows (Gently) and fill the gap you see. You can even rent thermal scanners for $125 per day. Simply turning up the heat and walking around the outside of the house will be enough to see where you are losing money. The $125 may sound like a lot, but knowing where you are losing warm air could wind up saving you in a few years.
Get a Snow-blower: Yes, we have over 3 months until the first official day of winter, but you don’t want to get stuck spending too much. You don’t want to be the guy shelling out $1800 in January when you can buy used for $400 off Ebay or Craigslist. People selling their snow-blowers now are probably strapped for cash, and with the decreased demand you will get much better deals.
Plus if you buy a snow-blower we will have a mild winter. Its just how Murphy’s Law works.
Clean Out Your Basement/ Garage: Spring cleaning has become popular, but Autumn clean ups should take a much higher precedent. Many people spend the winter months bundled inside the house, and it gets cramped if you’ve spent April-September without a solid cleaning. Doing this will keep you from having to strafe along the side of your car every morning before work. Spend a weekend in the garage while it is still a tolerable temperature and you’ll be happy when you can comfortably watch your football team’s December playoff push without regrets.
Store your Grill: This is not a big rush seeing as we have another month or so of grill-able weather. However you might want to start thinking about it. You don’t want the iron parts of your grill collecting rust simply because you couldn’t clear out 6 square feet of your garage.