February 20, 2024

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How to prepare your home for the cold winter weather

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This guide covers two points: saving money and energy, and how to prepare your home.

WASHINGTON — Next week, across the DMV, it will feel like winter with highs in the 30s with a chance for snow showers.

WUSA9’s Weather Team says, as of Friday, snow showers or flurries are possible Monday, but the higher chance for snow or rain and snow is Tuesday. Highs will be in the 30s on both days, resulting in colder air. 

In preparation for the cold weather, Dominion Energy has a list of tips to help prepare homes. The guide hits on two points: saving money and energy, and how to prepare your home.

  • It’s important that your furnace is properly adjusted for altitude and operating correctly before its busy season. Have your furnace inspected by a licensed heating contractor to ensure it operates safely and efficiently all winter long.
  • Check your furnace filter regularly. Also, replace it once necessary.
  • Give your furnace some space. Your furnace performs best when it has room to breathe.
  • Don’t store any flammable materials near your furnace such as paints, chemicals or solvents.
  • Install a smart thermostat. This will help out your furnace and your wallet, especially if you lower it to 68 degrees.
  • Move furniture, drapes and anything else obstructing air ducts and cold-air returns. Blocked vents mean poor air flow as well as excess stress on your furnace.

Think About Your Water Heater

  • Lower water heater to 120-125 degrees. Lowering the temperature will reduce the amount of fuel needed to heat the water.
  • Add an insulation blanket to the water heater to help the hot water tank retain heat when not in use.
  • Seal all holes from pipes and wires that enter and exit the living space.
  • Seal duct work. Make sure that all ductwork is sealed at joints and intersections with foil-backed tape or silicon caulking.
  • Insulate water pipes. Insulate the first three to six feet of cold and hot water pipes near the water heater.
  • Add insulation to the attic. When adding insulation, start at the top and work down, but only after sealing against air infiltration.

In addition, the VERIFY team says it is not safe to use an oven, gas or electric, to heat your home. Using any kind of oven to heat your home, including an electric oven, poses fire and burn risks, according to the Red Cross. Click here for more details. 

Click here for information about tracking the potential snow for next week.

Click here for information about the daily forecast. 

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2024-01-12 18:09:56

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