Whether you are one of those people that loves to snuggle by the fire and watch it snow, or you curse the cold weather and white stuff as you shovel it out of your driveway, winter is coming. You can’t stop it, so you might as well prepare your home for it. Be more energy efficient this year so you can be warmer in your home and save money at the same time. Start with simple things like reversing the direction of your ceiling fans and changing out your screens for glass panels in your storm doors. Most ceiling fans have a little switch that will change the direction of the spin. Next tackle the things that take a little more work. This includes locating drafts then blocking them and sealing any cracks or holes in your exterior that may let in the cold, or even worse, rodents. To take care of the outside of your home, make sure you give your snow blower a tune up, replace your snow shovel if it is old or cracked and stock up on salt if you live in an icy area. Finally, there are the small things that you can do to help lower your energy bill. Install a thermostat that you can program to be lower when no one is home. Those 8 hours a day of a lower thermostat temperature can save you as much as 15% on your annual heating bill. You should also take a look at your water heater and see what it is set at. If it isn’t 120 degrees, you may want to lower it to save even more. Take this weekend to start getting your home ready so that you can get head of the winter cold, instead of being surprised by it.
A brisk chill is in the air and winter is right around the corner. It’s time for building snowmen, attending holiday parties and prepping your home for the long haul of winter. Here’s a checklist of some important home maintenance tasks to tackle before the cold weather sets in: The post Winter Home Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on The Allstate Blog.