Thanksgiving is just weeks away which means winter is right around the corner. Now is the time to prepare your home for the cold weather that is eminent. Freezing temperatures can damage a home’s exterior, leading to costly repairs. Inadequate seals and insulation can add hundreds of dollars to utility bills. Be sure to follow these 10 tips to prepare your home for winter.
10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Winter
1. Windows 6. Chimney Inspection
2. Insulation 7. Landscaping
3. Gutters 8. Programmable Thermostat
4. Exterior Paint 9. Smoke Alarm
5. Roof Repair 10. Ceiling Fan
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that 10% of the heat that leaks out of a house exits through the windows and doors which can contribute to higher heating bills.
A good way to check if your windows leak air is to hold a lit incense stick up to the window and watch if the smoke moves around.
Options of reducing your heating bill is to reduce these drafts with simple weatherstripping, rope caulk, or window replacements.
During the winter, homes can have chilling drafts. Insulation is another way to keep energy costs down. The parts of your home that can use insulating are exterior outlets and switch plates, hot water pipes, hot water tank and your attic.
Exterior Outlets and Switch Plates– one of the easiest and in expensive solutions to eliminate heat loss. There are many options for sealing outlets at your local hardware stores.
Hot Water Tank – helps the hot water stay warmer longer.
After the fall season, gutters are full of leaves and dirt which can become a roofline of planters. As plants and trees begin to grow in your gutters, your gutters can become compromised and allow damage to the edge of your roofing system. Pro Roofing & Siding offers gutter covers to prevent twice a year cleaning. Unlike mesh gutter covers that still allow dirt and seeds into your gutters, we use solid covers that still allow the 1000’s of gallons of water a year to run off of the roof accurately.
Decks and stairs that will hold the possible snow of the season should be sealed to protect the wood. Painting should not occur when temperatures are lower than 45 degrees, so be sure to get your wood decks seals now.
Don’t forget about the exterior as a fresh coat of paint will increase the curb side appeal of your home for the holidays.
Cold weather can be aggressive to even the smallest of leaks. We highly recommend having any roof damage repaired before winter begins.
Call us for a Roof Maintenance Inspection:
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• Visual Review (review time varies per roof size/issues found and can take up to 2 hours)
• Secure Loose Shingles
• Gutter and Downspout Inspection
• Caulking – voids in flashing, minor damage repairs
• Recommended Repairs
We’ve already begun having cold weather move through Georgia. Be sure to have your chimney inspected and cleaned if necessary.
To ensure your lawn will recover in the Spring, it is important to maintain through the tougher seasons. Be sure to rake the fallen leaves from suffocating your lawn and prune shrubs and bushes to keep them healthy to grow back stronger and fuller in the Spring. Fertilizing and winterizing grass, trees and shrubs will allow your lawn to enter the winter months properly nourished.
Saving money without sacrificing comfort, a programmable thermostat can keep your home the best temperatures while your home and away.
It is recommended to replace the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year.
CEILING FAN IN REVERSE
Ceiling Fans moving clockwise will push the warm air down to enjoy. Counter-clockwise will push the warm air up in the warmer months.