Winter is coming; is your house ready? We prepare ourselves for the winter by purchasing warmer clothes, we prepare our cars for the winter by installing snow tires, but many of us don’t think to prepare our homes. Just like anything else, your house is affected by the cold weather and snow. Doing a couple of quick tasks now can help keep your home warm and energy bills down all winter.

Seal Drafty Windows and Doors
If your home suffers from drafts, your money could be going right out of the window – literally. Drafty windows and doors allow heated air to escape your home and cold air to enter it, which can increase your monthly heating bill by up to 25%. An energy audit from Santa Energy can identify where leaks are occurring, and our professionals can properly seal them in a matter of minutes.

Get Your Furnace Tuned Up
Getting your furnace professionally tuned up by an HVAC contractor is a great way to prepare it for the winter season. After a tune up, your heating system will run more efficiently, allowing you to save money on your heating bill. A preventative maintenance plan from Santa Energy takes this a step further. Our service technicians will search for signs that your furnace is malfunctioning and can prevent long-term problems and wear-and-tear on your unit.

Replace Screen Windows and Doors
Take the time to remove all of the screen windows and doors in your house and replace them with storm windows and doors. Besides adding an additional layer of insulation and helping reduce air leaks, storm windows help protect your primary windows from winter elements which screen windows would allow in.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
Most ceiling fans have a switch on them which allows the blades to rotate in either direction. During the cold months, you will want your ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. Since warm air rises, it tends to collect at the ceiling of many homes. A ceiling fan rotating in the right direction will push this warm air back down into the room, so you don’t have to crank up the thermostat.

Get Your Chimney Serviced
If your home has a fireplace, you should get your chimney inspected annually. In addition to the energy benefits it offers, it is crucial for your family’s safety. Every year, 25,000 homes across the country suffer from fires due to poor chimney maintenance. As a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, the professionals at Santa Energy will clean your chimney and inspect it for potential hazards.

When it comes to keeping your home warm and safe this winter, you can believe in Santa. For over 74 years, we have satisfied Connecticut’s energy needs. For more information, visit our website or call (800) 937-2682. You can also connect with us on social media – we are active on both Facebook and Twitter.

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