Winter is almost here in Goose Creek, South Carolina, and it’s time to get your home ready before the cold and stormy weather hits. There are several DIY tasks that you, as the homeowner, can do to prepare your home for the winter months. Here are five of them.

Change the Air Filters

The air filters need cleaning or changing once a month so that dirt and dust don’t enter into the HVAC system. Clogged and dirty filters make the system work harder and it will perform less efficiently.

Caulk the Windows and Doors

One sneaky way that cold outside air can enter into your home is through gaps in doors and windows. Check to see if you can feel cold air coming in or visually inspect for gaps and then simply add weatherstripping and caulking where needed.

Install a Connected Thermostat

A connected thermostat allows you to schedule the temperature to a lower setting when you’re not at home so that you’re not wasting energy. You can also schedule the temperature to a higher setting before you arrive home so the house is nice and toasty when you walk in.

Clean the Gutters

During the summer and fall, the gutters on your roof get clogged with leaves and debris. Dirty gutters allow water to overflow from the roof instead of through downspouts. Clean the gutters so that the rainwater flows through them and to the proper overflow spout.

Add Attic Insulation

Attic insulation helps to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering into your house. Insufficient insulation will make your home feel colder than it should. Take a peek inside your attic and assess how it looks, and, if needed, either add insulation yourself or call a professional to do it.

Aside from the tasks you can perform to prepare your home for winter, it’s also important to have your furnace professionally maintained. Give our friendly team at Coastal Air Solutions a call today to schedule an appointment for maintenance. You can reach us at (843) 482-0407.

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