9 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather

Prep your house for the chill. Stay warm and comfortable all winter

As the days get shorter and leaves change color, it's the perfect time to make your house cozy and prepare for colder weather.

Here are a few hot tips to make your home fall-ready and keep the winter chill away from your heating bill.

Adjust the Thermostat
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
You can easily save energy this season by setting the thermostat to 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home. Smart thermostats like the
Lyric T5 can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet automatically to adjust your settings for night or when you’re away. (Source: Energy Saver, U.S. Department of Energy)

Winterize Doors and Windows
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
Use caulk and weather stripping around your doors and windows to prevent cold air from coming in – and valuable heat from slipping out.

Install Energy-Efficient Windows
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
Replacing single-pane windows with dual-pane, low-emissivity glass adds year-round energy savings. They can increase your winter heat efficiency.

Run Ceiling Fans in Reverse
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
Warm air rises to the ceiling, so running your ceiling fans in reverse (clockwise, at a low speed) returns that warm air to your living area. This simple switch could save you in heating costs.

Service your Furnace
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
It took the summer off but now it’s time for a tune up. Make an appointment for an annual checkup and change the filter while you’re at it.

Detect Pipe Issues
Don’t Neglect Small Tasks

If you’ve ever had a pipe freeze in the winter, you know how devastating it is to your home. At the first signs of an issue, the Lyric Wi-Fi Leak and Freeze Detector can alert your smartphone – giving you the time you need to react before a situation gets out of control.

Allow Natural Light In
Don’t Neglect Small Tasks

Keep the drapes and shades on south-facing windows open during the day to allow sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill from cold windows.

Keep Away Unwanted Visitors 
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Your peace of mind is important as you’re out with your family. With a DIY home security system that you can install and monitor, you'll receive real-time alerts on your mobile phone at the first sign of activity on your property. 

Get the Best Insulation
8 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather

Ask your contractor to insulate your home with closed-cell spray foam (ccSPF) formulated with Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent. Not only can ccSPF help improve your home’s energy efficiency, but it also carries FEMA’s highest acceptability rating as a flood damage-resistant insulation material to protect against severe weather damage.

Trent Perrotto

Manager Comm Sr, Honeywell Building Technologies