Winter does not officially start for a couple of weeks but many of us are already experiencing the cold weather outside. There are a few things you can do inside when the cold weather is outside to make your home warm and yet still feel fresh when it is closed up for the winter.
Check your weather-stripping around windows and doors
This gets worn out and needs replaced eventually. You can find more information about the types of weather-stripping to use on the Energy.gov site.
Turn your ceiling fans on in reverse
We have ceiling fans in all the bedrooms and the living room in our house and they run all the time. In winter, you want to run them in reverse though. This will circulate the air but not give you a breeze that is cold. This keeps the air feeling fresher during the winter. Just look for a little switch on the main part of the fan and flip it the other way (while the fan is off). I suggest dusting off the fan well before switching it back on.
Give your heater a physical
Most heating and cooling companies offer check-ups and general seasonal maintenance for really reasonable rates. They will come out and give your heater the once over and perform any necessary repairs and make sure it is ready for the winter.
Change your furnace filter
You should be changing it year round, but also consider changing to a better quality filter like a Filtrete™ Healthy Living Ultimate Allergen Reduction Filters (disclosure: this post is sponsored by Filtrete via Momspark, opinions are my own and I really use these filters in my own home). I told you earlier this year about the Filtrete Odor Reduction line which are amazing and work really well, but now for the winter we are using this Allergen Reduction one. Since the house is closed up this helps attract & capture 93% of large particles like mold spores, dust & pollen from the air passing through the filter. They also attract and capture microscopic allergens like pet dander, smoke, household dust & microscopic particles that can carry bacteria, viruses & odors. These filters are more expensive than the older type of filters, but they last 3 times longer and they really do improve the quality of the air in your home.
Keep your flue closed
If you have a fireplace, do not forget to close the flue when you do not have a fire going. A lot of cold air can come in through an open flue.
Do you have any tips to share about preparing the inside of your home for the colder winter weather? Do you use Filtrete filters?[signoff]
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