Readying Your Home for Cooler Weather
October 21, 2015 by Caleb Haniquet
How to Prepare Your Home for Wintertime:
With cooler temperatures approaching, not only are there numerous ways you can keep your home warm and comfortable, but you can save on those ever increasing energy bills, as well. Readying your home for wintertime is a task that you’ll want to start well before those treacherous winter months arrive, just to give yourself some time to fix any problems that may arise. Here are some ways you can make sure your home is prepared for cold weather.
Check Your Gutters: Over the course of the spring, summer, and fall months, a lot of dirt, grime, and leaves are likely to have accumulated inside of your gutters, leaving them clogged. Clogged gutters in the wintertime can cause ice dams to form, which can cause serious damage to your home if the water leaks through the roof. By cleaning out your gutters and drains early, you can save yourself the time and money that it will take to repair any damage done to your home.
Check for Leaks: When your home is improperly sealed, you can end up shelling out extra cash for energy bills during the wintertime. Readying your home by checking for openings and bad seals is one of the easier ways to save money by cutting down on energy waste. Consider replacing old windows in the house, as they tend to leak and cause drafts, letting the cold air in and your warm air out. Check the sealing around your doors and make sure to weather-strip them properly so that the inside heat cannot escape, thus ensuring your home and your bank account are maintained at a comfortable level.
Inspect Your Heating System: When readying your home for the wintertime, one important step that should never be overlooked is making sure your heating system is working properly and efficiently. Be sure to dust and clean heating vents and replace filters so you get the most out of your heater. Consider getting a newer system if your current heater is old and outdated, to cut monthly costs and save money in the long run. Newer heating systems have become much more energy efficient in the past decade.
While cutting costs and saving energy is a priority come wintertime, so is making sure you and your family are able to stay warm and comfortable. Readying your home for the cooler months is an important process and should be done sooner rather than later to make sure you have a sufficient amount of time to check everything over. If you have further questions on how to get your home winter ready, contact the general contractors at Center Island Contracting at 631-465-9765.