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How To Prepare Your Home for Winter

Written on: November 22, 2021

Stay comfortable no matter what Old Man Winter sends our way!

preparing for winter wisconsinHas the final tally at the grocery store checkout given you heart palpitations? So many things are more expensive these days. It’s understandable that you may be worried about those costs impacting keeping your Southeast Wisconsin home warm, safe, and comfortable this winter.

Home Winter Prep Tips

But there’s no need to worry! We’re here with some tips that can make sure your home is ready for winter’s cold so you can keep comfy while keeping your heating costs under control!

Make sure you always have propane

Our most popular propane delivery option is Automatic Delivery. We’ll use your previous propane usage history and the present weather conditions to precisely predict when you will require more propane. We’ll make a propane purchase for you before you run out.

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Get a heating system tune-up

Your boiler or furnace should be checked and serviced annually by a professional service technician to ensure that it is working at peak efficiency. As a result of the improved energy efficiency, you could save a lot of money on your propane expenses this winter. Your professional service technician will make sure that all parts are clean and lubricated and will fix any problems spotted before they become worse and reduce your heating system’s efficiency or cause a breakdown.

Install a smart or programmable thermostat

Programmable and smart thermostats are wonderful tools for improving the comfort and energy efficiency of your house. If you don’t already have one, now is a fantastic time to get one because they may help you save money on your heating bills by 10%.

Here are the recommendations the U.S. Department of Energy for programming your thermostat in cold weather for maximum energy efficiency while keeping your home comfortable:

Make your home more energy efficient

If you have a furnace, now is the time to clean and vacuum your registers, ensuring they are in excellent working order and do not spread dust or allergens throughout your house. Remove any obstacles, such as drapes or furniture, that are in the path of the heated air from the vents. These activities help your furnace run less frequently.

If your ductwork has not been cleaned in more than three years, it’s time to clean it. Cleaning your ductwork not only keeps the air in your house cleaner and safer, but it also allows duct cleaning specialists to find and mend leaks to make your heating system more energy efficient.

To eliminate drafts from your doors, windows, and external walls, try some easy DIY work with caulk, weatherstripping, and expanding foam. This alone may save you 10% on your heating oil costs!

Upgrade your home’s insulation

Adding insulation is one of the best ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency for years to come.

Proper insulation helps to keep your heated air inside your house rather than it being sent outdoors. You’ll use less propane for heating. You’ll be more comfortable since there are fewer drafts. Your heating system won’t have to work as hard or often, so it’ll last longer and have fewer breakdowns!

This guide from the Department of Energy shows how much insulation your home needs.

Clean burning, efficient propane is ideal for keeping your home warm and cozy. With the reliable propane delivery from Boehlke Bottled Gas, you’ll have peace of mind all winter long. Become a customer today!