Temperatures are dropping and reminding us that fall is around the corner. It’s time to start preparing for the colder winter months. Before the weather gets harsh, here are a few things you can do to make sure your building is ready for the colder temperatures:
Seal exterior areas prior to cold weather.
The simplest thing to do is apply building sealant generously and replace caulking, it will help prevent wind-driven rain, snow and soot from getting inside, as well as decrease noise from outside.
Lower the thermostat.
Setting the thermostat around 68 degrees can lower costs. Keep any shades open during the day so the sun can heat your interior. Make sure radiators are unobstructed from furniture and other items. Remove window air conditioning units if possible, or install a cover to prevent drafts. Make sure windows are closed in the locked position to avoid heat loss.
Check your heating system
You want to be sure you check your heating system before the weather gets cold to avoid the high cost of emergency repair. You should be sure to change furnace filters, look at all oil bearings on pumps and motors, check the blower belt and make sure blower doors are replaced properly. You also need to make sure that all vents and exhaust flues are unobstructed and that all connections are secure.
Preparing for winter ahead of time is essential, but the work isn’t done once the temperature drops. This is especially true in regards to heating costs and fuel use. Keep up energy saving practices all winter long!