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Dear Moss Building & Design,

How can I prepare my home for the winter season?

— Dulles Mom


Dear Dulles Mom,

Here are five ways to prepare you home for winter:

Turn down your thermostat.
Probably the quickest way to save on your heating bill is to turn down your thermostat. Ideally, you should keep it below 70 degrees, and adjust it to be even lower while you’re out of the home for long stretches of time, or even asleep. This can save you up to 10% on your next bill. Most thermostats have programs where you can set them to automatically adjust to your schedule.

Seal air leaks.
Leaks can occur at windows, doors, and roofs, as well as other places. Add weather stripping or caulk around your doors and windows, or, if you have the budget, replace your windows if they are older and not as weatherproof (or, install storm windows over single-pane windows). Make sure to check your attic as well for any leaks around your roof (this is also a good thing to do to prevent water leaking).

Inspect your insulation.
Insulation, when installed properly, helps to keep the heat warmer longer inside your home. Having a professional like MOSS inspect your insulation is a good idea if you think your home is losing heat too quickly.

Inspect your fireplace.
Make sure your fireplace flue is closed when not in use and make sure that the fireplace has been cleaned and maintained. Avoid using your fireplace and home heating system at the same time!

Maintain your heating system.
You should have a professional check your heating and cooling system twice a year, during the more seasonal spring and fall months, to make sure it is functioning well. On your own, you can regularly replace your heating system’s filter – this is easily done and inexpensive. A clean filter will work much more efficiently than a dirty one!

If you have concerns regarding your home during these colder months, call us at (703) 961-7707 for a free estimate or to talk through any concerns you may have. Stay warm!

— Moss Building & Design


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