5 Cleaning and Winterization Tips for Homeowners

plantsEvery time the winter season rolls around, while the cool weather and snow can be nice to ice skate, snow ski or build a snowman in, when we walk inside our of homes, we definitely want the rooms of our house to feel nice and toasty. Not only that, but we don’t want to find ourselves spending hundreds of dollars each month in energy bills in order to do so.

So, in the effort to help you both clean as well as winterize your house, we wanted to provide you with five tips. Hopefully, by applying these, your house will be spotless and more importantly, your energy costs will remain within your budget.

Change your filters. Being that there’s a pretty good chance that you will turn up your HVAC unit and/or furnace during the winter season, it’s important that you make sure that your filters are clean. Typically, HVAC units need new filters about every 90 days while furnaces should have their filters changed around once a month. That way, you can know that you’re breathing fresh air, even if you’re opening up your windows a lot less often during the wintertime.

Do some caulking. Sometimes, we can find ourselves walking past a window or door and it will feel like there is a bit of a draft. If you look closer, there very well may be one due to some small cracks or holes in the frame. In most cases, there is a very simple solution. All you have to do is apply some caulking to it. You can find it for a very reasonable price at your local hardware store.

Change the rotation of your ceiling fans. If you don’t already own a ceiling fan or two, it’s definitely worth the investment. Not only do they help to beautify a room, but they can also help to reduce your energy costs and here’s why. By turning them on during the summer months, it assists in providing great air circulation so that on most days, you don’t have to turn your programmable thermostat down below 73 degrees. During the wintertime, if you set them to rotate counterclockwise, it can help to bring the heat that has risen to the ceiling down closer to where you are; and the great thing is that you still won’t have to change your temperature setting!

Add some plants. Just because the limbs may be bare on your trees, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a lot of greenery inside of your home. In fact, if you happen to have some indoor air quality and health concerns , did you know that there are a variety of plants that can actually help to keep toxins out of the air? Some of our favorites are English Ivies, Bamboo Palms and Gerber Daises.

Put down some bedding. You might be surprised what a simple change of bedding can do. By putting some flannel sheets on your beds, along with a couple of blankets, it’s a quick and easy way to stay warm all throughout the night without having to turn up your thermostat. This means lower energy bills through spring. Happy Winter!

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