Have you ever been surprised by how quickly the chill of winter is upon us in our own homes? You first notice it when you are sitting next to a window or door and you can feel a cold draft coming through. Or with the first heavy snowfall and your roof will spring a leak. If you have experienced any of these things, some quick and easy steps will help you winterize your home to prevent problems from occurring during the cold winter months:
- Inspect your doors and windows – For the typical homeowner, addressing the drafts in doors and windows will be a major improvement in energy bills. Weather stripping and caulking all openings to prevent drafts.
- Check your Heating System – It is important to change air filters annually and check the ductwork in your basement or attic for any gaps. You can use metal-foil tape to seal them up so heat does not escape.
- Caulk Trim and Baseboards –Checking to see if caulk on your trim and baseboards are old or worn away which can cause drafts to seep through the walls and floors of your home.
- Ready the Roof – Hiring a roofer to caulk the roof or doing it yourself will prevent ice damming which can form on your roof after snow melts and there is insufficient drainage. This can cause serious damage to your roof and possibly leaks inside your home.
- Check the Fireplace – You might be amazed to know that most people forget to close the flue in their fireplace. It will be cold in the house and people won’t know why until they go to build a fire and discover an open flue. Checking to see if the fireplace doors are energy-efficient will also help with heating the house and energy costs.
These few steps will help with heating your home more efficiently and preventing costly repairs later down the road. For more winterizing tips or to schedule a cleaning please visit our website: www.homeservicesenterprise.com