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Is your home ready for the winter?

Being a homeowner can be stressful, but no time more so than during the winter. Between the strong winds and snow fall, there are many different weather patterns that seem to be conspiring against your home to cause as much damage as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can work to keep your residence as safe and protected as possible, no matter how cold or unforgiving the winter is over the next few months. You can help eliminate a lot of seasonal stress by taking a few simple steps ahead of time.

One of the first things you will want to do is something that will save you a lot of energy and money over the winter - checking for leaks. If there is air seeping out of your home, either around a door or a window, that means you will be paying for heat that is just going to waste. You need to be diligent about checking around every possible area where there could be a leak - particularly in drafty rooms such as the attic or basement - to ensure that your residence is cozy and warm all winter long.

You should also make sure that your home's heating system is running as fully and efficiently as possible. If it has been a few months, you should switch out the filters and clean out any hoses that might have become clogged, so that the entire system will keep your home warm without having to run harder than it needs to, which will save you money on your monthly utility bills. Your heating system will be getting a lot of use this winter, which is why its maintenance is so important.

If you are looking to make sure your home is prepared for the winter ahead, be sure to schedule an appointment with a Fairfax, Virginia HVAC expert technician from John C. Flood.