The weather is finally starting to cool down in Michigan, but before I know it we will be up to our eyeballs in snow and cold. That means ’tis the season to start prepping the Mad House for colder weather. I’ve gathered up some tips for prepping your own home to make it as comfortable as possible in the coming months.
Get your mind (and those leaves) out of the gutter! Clogged gutters can cause a ton of problems for your roof, and if you live in a climate with falling leaves, chance are your gutters are a mess right this second. Even capped gutters accumulate debris, so there’s no getting out of climbing up on a ladder and cleaning those bad boys out.
New filters! No, I am not talking about Instagram filters here. Get your furnace ready to do its work, by replacing your filter. You know that burnt hair smell that happens when you switch on the heat for the first time in the Fall? That’s your filter screaming to be changed.
Bust a cap. Any outside hose spigots should be capped before the weather gets really cold. Remove, drain and store any hoses attached outside. Then turn off the water supply to the outside spigots. If you don’t have a valve to turn off the water supply, protect the spigots from freezing with a kit from a home improvement store.
Dodge the draft. Draft dodgers fill the gap underneath exteriors, are simple to make, and can prevent cold air from seeping into your home.
Buh-bye, patio set. Carefully store away any outdoor furniture to prevent damage from precipitation and cold weather.
Bundle up! I’m a firm believer in blankets in the winter months. Instead of cranking your heat up to 72 and wasting energy, and money, set the temp lower and bundle up with a cozy afghan. Change out your bedding for flannel sheets and heavier quilts, and switch out sheer curtains for thicker drapes. Your home will look cozy and you will stay plenty warm.
Get with the program. Programmable thermostats easily pay for themselves. Newer versions, like Lennox® iComfort S30, allow you to use your smartphone to regulate the temp of your house, even when you are away, so you are never wasting money.
If you are interested in the iComfort thermostat, or one of Lennox’s efficient HVAC systems, check out the Lennox® fall promotion that’s currently running until November 25th. You can currently get rebates of up to $1600 on a qualifying Lennox® home comfort system. You can find a dealer or find out more on the Lennox® Facebook page.