For Pennsylvania homeowners, the winter isn’t all about sledding, snowmen, and hot chocolate. The cold weather days mean shoveling, winterizing, and paying the heating bill. While the days may be cold and short, there are preparations that can be taken to prepare for the long winter months. Finding and fixing any heat leaks, stocking up on winter-related supplies, checking the heater for any needed repairs, and if necessary, investing in a heat pump repair are all things the savvy homeowner should do to weather the winter chill.
Repair any Heat Leaks
Heat leaks can cost a fortune when it comes to the energy consumed to heat a home. Be wary of larger windows and thin insulation; these are the biggest culprits in letting in unwanted cold air. If it is a big window making a certain room drafty, a quick fix would be to install an airtight pane of plastic across the window (think a big piece of plastic wrap). These are usually sealed with heat, and this process does wonders for keeping in the warm air. If thin insulation is the problem, simply adding more insulation into your attic space will be your best bet. Insulation is reasonably priced and is available at any major hardware retailer. Make sure to take safety precautions when using it, as fiberglass insulation can be hazardous, especially, to the skin.
Check Your Heater
It is a good idea to preemptively check the heating system in your Pennsylvanian home. Around the early autumn months, check to make sure that everything is running smoothly. If it is not, it would be wise to contact a professional to diagnose the problem, as it could be a number of things. For example, your heat pump may be broken, so it would be wise to consult with someone established in heat pump repair, perhaps in Blue Bell. Repairing these problems early could save you time and also money, as this would prevent a more serious and more costly problem down the line.
Stock Up on Winter Supplies
If you own a home, it is important to make sure that you have all the necessities that go along with snow, ice, and slush. If you have a walkway, make sure you have plenty of rock salt to clear ice off your path. Just because it doesn’t look like it is there, doesn’t mean that your driveway isn’t covered with black ice. Finally, don’t forget the shovels; otherwise, you’ll be depending on your neighbors to help dig you out. If you can afford it, invest in a snow blower, especially if you have much to clear. It can save you time and effort and is much easier on your back.
Joan Price is a writer who loves winter in Pennsylvania. Follow her on Twitter @JoanniePrice.