Written on: October 4, 2021

How to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Temperatures

Is Your Home Ready for Cold Season?

winter home prep new yorkWith winter fast approaching, there are a lot of steps you can take to help prepare your Suffolk County home for cooler temperatures and frigid New York winters. A little legwork at the beginning of the season can end up saving you time and money when the chill blows in. Read on to learn more about how Swezey Fuel can give your heating system the A-OK as you winterize your home.

Evaluate whether your current heating system is working efficiently.

Quality heating systems are built to last, but they don’t last forever. If it’s taking too long to get your home to the temperature you prefer, you may be due for maintenance or a system upgrade. Fortunately, the energy experts with Swezey Fuel can help you assess your heating system’s efficiency.

Mind the gaps.

Double-check the weather stripping, seals, door frames, and insulation in your home. When seals are cracking and peeling, drafts can sneak in and wreak havoc on your heating efficiency.

Schedule a tune-up for your heating or HVAC system.

It’s important to have your system inspected and optimized on a yearly basis, to head off any malfunction that could be occurring before it gets worse. Now is the time to have an energy technician clean your coils, check the airflow, examine and clear air ducts, and see if any belts or parts need to be replaced.

Watch those windows.

High quality windows with double panes do the best job of keeping the outside temperatures, outside. Coving your windows with thick drapes or sturdy blinds can add an additional layer or protection, too. You want to contain the warmth from your heating system within your home!

Change your air filter.

Filtration is the key to making sure your home has good air quality, but that doesn’t work if your air filter is obstructed with dirt and debris, like dander or pet hair. It can also put a strain on your heating system because the blower requires more energy to circulate the air through a blocked filter – ultimately costing you more money.

Program your thermostat.

Programmable and smart thermostats can be set to turn down temperatures in your home while you’re away from the house, saving you money. After all, it doesn’t make much sense to heat your home to your desired level when you aren’t there to enjoy it. Even pets often have a wider range of temps in which they’re comfortable than humans. You can keep Fido comfortable while conserving energy – and money! If your thermostat is an older model that isn’t programmable, it may be time to consider an upgrade.

Swezey Fuel can get you on track

By joining the Swezey Fuel family, you can increase your fuel efficiency and reduce energy consumption with a simple tune-up as the seasons change. We offer hassle-free payment options like EasyPay Plans for predictable pricing, Paperless Billing and AutoPay options – choose what works best for you this New York winter.