Cheerful music, cozy sweaters and cookies, so many cookies — the holidays are here. (When did that happen?) No worries, it’s not too late to get your home in tip-top shape. And with everything taken care of around the house, you'll have plenty of room left on your resolution list when the new year rolls around.
What's in it for you?
- Warmer, cozier home
- Safe decorating
- Money saved on electric bills
5 Ways to Get Your Home in Tip-Top Shape for the Holidays
Insulate your home to get energy-efficient. Brr...it’s cold in here. It might not be in your head if the icy, outdoor air is seeping into your home. Before you crank up the heat — and your energy bills — check your home's insulation (including weatherstripping around doors and windows) to make sure you’re keeping the hot air in and the cold air out. Now that’s cool.
Drain your boiler to get warm. Your boiler’s going to be working overtime for the next few months. Show it some TLC by draining it once yearly to clean out mineral and sediment buildup. Trust us — you don’t want that stuff blocking heat flow to the water. So grab a wrench, a hose, and a bucket, and we’ll show you how to drain your boiler for more efficient heating.
Scrub your range hood to get clean. We all love a good home-cooked meal around the holidays, but the steam and smoke from all those festive feasts eventually builds up inside your range hood. (That’s the thing above your stove with a fan that filters out cooking fumes full of grease and odors.) Get inside the range hood every few months and clean it out. Your fan will last longer, your kitchen will smell fresher, and you’ll reduce your fire risk to boot.
Check your circuits to stay safe. ‘Tis the season to deck the halls and string the lights (and maybe hang some mistletoe, too). Before you get carried away transforming your home into a winter wonderland, check your circuits to make sure they’re in tip-top condition. You’ll prevent house fires, save some energy, and still have the most magical house on the block.
Fix your fireplace damper to get cozy. That snap, crackle, pop in your fireplace makes for super-cozy evenings at home, but where there is fire, there is smoke. Clean or replace your fireplace damper to keep the smoke outside and the warmth inside. (Psst...the damper is the heavy metal door between the chimney and the firebox.) Don’t worry — they’ll still be plenty of time left to curl up in front of the fireplace.
Pro tip: We recommend rocking out to your favorite holiday song while getting your home in tip-top shape. 'Tis the season, after all.