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With the first day of fall fast approaching, temperatures are starting to drop and many nights it feels a lot like winter. You might already be taking steps to make the house warmer like gathering firewood and putting your fireplace or wood stove to good use. For rooms that aren't equipped with fire-based heating, the central heating system or singular heaters will need to be used. Regardless of your current setup, here are some things you should be doing before winter arrives to make sure you're saving energy and preventing unnecessary hassle:
1. Upgrade the Heating System
There are two key aspects you should be looking at when comparing heating systems – energy efficiency and the time it takes to warm up the entire space it is intended to heat. If you've been using a conventional heating system or heater that relies on heating air and circulating it throughout a room, you might be surprised to learn that infrared heaters operate using a completely different concept that offers several distinct advantages. First, since the heat travels through infrared waves, rather than heating the air they actually apply heat to the surface of anything they come in contact with. So, if you were to use one of these best infrared heaters, the biggest difference you'd probably notice would be the fact you can feel the heat being generated instantly as soon as the unit is turned on.
2. Conduct a Weatherproofing and Examination
After consistent high temps cause the components of a home to expand in the heat of the summer, some cracking and deterioration can occur as the colder, damp nights of fall and winter cause everything to constrict and encounter more moisture. Thus, it's necessary to conduct a yearly weatherization inspection to ensure that all window and door seals aren't compromised. You'll also want to check the insulation levels for heat leaks that might allow warm air to escape unintentionally.
3. Preventing and Preparing for Ice and Snow Buildup
One problem that is particularly common in areas prone to heavy snow fall and ice storms is the formation of ice dams on the roof. A great way to prevent this issue is to have ridge, gable, or soffit vents installed on the roof while also insulating the attic floor if that hasn't been done already. If it's a finished attic, additional insulation may need to be installed in between the current ceiling insulation and the bottom of the roof. There are also some products and techniques you can use to prevent excessive ice formation on your driveway, so you might want to look into that as well to make this winter a little easier than last year's.
Get Prepared Before the Time Comes
One of the biggest parts of preparing for winter as autumn comes to a close will be disposing of all the fallen leaves that are polluting your yard, rooftop, driveway, and patio. Thus, it would be wise to take a proactive approach by utilizing nets and bags to capture leaves and clean them up gradually throughout the fall, as well as implementing some of the recommendations above to make sure you’re not caught off guard handling household duties in freezing temps.