With temperatures continuing to drop as winter approaches, everyone wants to be indoors where it’s warm and cozy. And while wintertime is the perfect time to snuggle up indoors reading, playing and spending time together, keeping your indoor air fresh and clean should be a priority to prevent illness and increase comfort. To prepare your home for winter, follow these tips shared by Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA to keep your home clear of dust, dirt and allergens.
- Clean and seal windows. Since you’ll be enjoying the outdoor view from the indoors for much of the winter, make time to thoroughly wash your windows and screens to take full advantage of the scenery outside your window and the natural light and warmth coming into your home. To ensure that cold air isn’t leaking in and warm air isn’t escaping, double-check the condition of the caulk and weatherstripping around your windows and replace as needed for maximum energy efficiency.
- Remember fans and lights. Ceiling fans and lighting fixtures tend to gather a lot of dust, due in part to the fact that they are frequently forgotten and not cleaned as often as they should be. This winter, get rid of built-up dust and dirt by carefully dusting and cleaning all fans and light fixtures. While you’re at it, switch the direction of your ceiling fans so they’re turning clockwise. Running fans clockwise at a low speed in winter will help push the warm air that rises up back down, making your house feel warmer.
- Change filters regularly. With your heater running and moving air throughout the house, it’s important to make sure that the air is as clean as possible. First, make sure the area around your HVAC unit is clear of anything that could block airflow, and then turn your attention to the air filters. For best results, go ahead and change out the old air filter with a new one. A quality filter can do an excellent job of filtering out dust, allergens, viruses and bacteria that could contribute to winter illnesses and allergies. To keep your home clean and fresh all winter, replace the filter every 90 days at minimum.
If you have old, leaky, drafty windows, your best bet for maximum energy efficiency may be to install new replacement windows. With the wide selection of colors and styles available at Renewal by Andersen of Northeast PA, you’re sure to find exactly what you need. And if not, no problem – all of our windows are custom-made, so we can make your windows to order! To learn more about our superior windows and replacement doors, give us a call today at (610) 355-4055.