5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter is undoubtedly upon us. If you’re a true Michigander, you’ll have an arsenal of sweaters, coats, boots and mittens ready before braving the frosty outdoors. Ensure your home is cozy upon return by following these tips:

  1. Replace Your Furnace Filter

A dirty furnace filter restricts airflow, making your fan motor work harder and your energy bill to rise rapidly. Five signs you may need a new heating system. 

  1. Prep Your Windows/ Doors

Check for leaks in your windows and doors by feeling around for cool air. Caulk, fill, or weatherstrip if necessary.

  1. Reset Your Ceiling Fan

Set your ceiling fan to spin on the low setting in reverse (clockwise). This will push warm air away from the ceiling and move it around the room.

  1. Remove blockage from heat registers and air return ducts. 

Furniture, carpeting and curtains should be kept away from heat sources to ensure even air flow. It will also reduce your chances of a home heating fire.

  1. Close your attic, basement, garage and exterior doors

Prevent cold drafts from entering your home and keep in the heat.

By combining your heating system upgrade with smart conservation strategies, you can save money and stay comfortable all winter long. Learn how you can manage your energy use at www.ConsumersEnergy.com/saveenergy.