Tips For Saving Money This Winter
As the weather bounces between Indian Summer and Fall, home owners and tenants alike still have a chance to take a few steps that may big pays dividends once we finally roll through Fall and find ourselves in the grip of Old Man Winter. Three simple actions cannot only save you from being inconvenienced, they can also save you from some unexpected bills that can be easily prevented. If you haven’t done so already, take the time to disconnect any outside hoses, close the vents to your crawl space, and change your furnace filters.
Even though most outside silcocks these day are “frost-proof “, leaving a garden hose attached through the winter can still result in it freezing up and cracking, causing it to leak and possibly causing additional damage. Obviously, this can also affect you water bill.
Close all of the vents around the perimeter of your house if your house is built on a crawl space. This will keep out a lot of the cold air when the winter winds start whistling around. Why pay to heat the air in your duct work just to let all of the outside cold air get at it and cool it back down ? Plus, when it gets really cold, you can reduce the likelihood of frozen pipes if your vents are closed.
And finally, change your furnace filters. Clogged filters not only put a strain on your HVAC system, they can prevent the heat from flowing through the system causing it to shut down prematurely and keeping your home from warming up to the setting on the thermostat. Filters are cheap and are easily installed.
So don’t wait any longer. Act now while you still have time. Frozen pipes and no heat can be a big hassle on their own. But they’re even less fun when the landlord sends you a bill for the service call that resulted from leaving your hose connected or not changing your furnace filters regularly.