As winter approaches, now is a better time than ever to prepare your home for the weather to come. Aside from pulling out your winter coat, there’s a variety of things you can do around the home to reduce energy usage and ultimately maintain optimal comfort within your Michigan home. While many practices within “winterizing your home” will keep heating bills lower and require less work for your furnace, home insulation remains the best way to maximize the comfort levels within your home—and that goes for every season. Considering Michigan’s harsh winters, however, it’s good practice to insulate your home before winter hits. At the very least, allow Applegate to help you in preparing your home for winter this year.
Pre-Winter Furnace Check Up
Like we said, aside from having your home insulated with Applegate’s premium cellulose, there’re quite a few things you can do around the home to prepare for winter each year. First thing’s first: every Michigan homeowner should have their furnace inspected annually. And, since winter temperatures can put excessive strain on your furnace, it’s best to perform a pre-winter furnace check up to ensure everything’s running smoothly before the frigid weather hits.
Of course, you can perform your own inspection, but to be sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency, an Applegate expert can come out and inspect it for you. While we’re at it, we can even perform a home energy audit to see which areas of your home are increasing energy costs. Now, let’s take a look what else you can do in preparing your home for winter.
Winterizing Your Home
Now, here’s the part you can do on your own at home. Within winterizing your home, there’s a variety of simple things you can do to not only keep energy costs low, but maintain comfort levels, and of course, avoid overworking your furnace. In doing so, you could potentially increase the life of your furnace, saving you time and money. You can view our full list of ways to winterize your home, but we’ll provide a few essential practices below:
- Place draft guards on the doors leading to the exterior of your home. You can purchase these at any department store, but you can also roll up a towel and place at the foot of the door.
- Insulate your windows. You can purchase specially-made window film, or use plastic wrap, though your best bet is replacing them completely with our Envirosealed windows.
- Replace your furnace filters. This should be done about every 3 months, but you should always replace it as winter approaches for optimal efficiency.
- Insulate your home with Applegate’s premium cellulose insulation!
Home Insulation from Applegate
As mentioned, the list of tips above, as well as the annual furnace inspection, are great ways to prepare your home for the oncoming winter. However, insulating your home with Applegate is the most effective means to reducing energy costs and maintaining optimal home comfort. You see, without proper insulation, outside air can make its way into your home, while the air inside your home can escape. This obviously puts extra stress on your furnace and alters the temperatures within the home. Plus, it’ll have the same effect on your A/C come summer time.
Prepare for Winter with Applegate!
While there’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for winter, your best bet will always be having your home insulated through Applegate. In doing so, you’ll reduce energy costs, extend the life of your furnace, and keep your home comfortable at all times.
If you’d like to be prepared for this upcoming winter, call Applegate Home Comfort today! You can contact us here or reach us at 517-337-7700.