27 Dec The Five Most Important Ways to Winterize Your Home
Winterizing your home helps you stay warm for the winter, save money on heating bills and protect your home appliances from damage caused by extreme cold. Here is a list of the five most important things you can do to winterize your home before winter gets in full swing.
1. Check the Furnace
A furnace that worked well last winter will not necessarily run without problems this winter. Have an HVAC repairman come to not only inspect the furnace for leaks and signs of damage but also clean it and inspect the filter.
2. Check and/or Replace Heaters
If the heater is more than eight years old, it should be replaced. There are many new, energy efficient heaters on the market that not only run well but also save a great deal of money.
If your heating unit is fairly new and seems to be working properly, then you do not need to buy a new one. However, you should still have a heater checked by a professional before running it through the day. Annual inspections help to ensure that the heating unit functions well and enables you to nip small, potentially expensive repair problems in the bud.
3. Fix Structural Damage
Small cracks and holes in the home’s structure not only let out heating but can also cause water damage. Be sure to inspect the outside of the home thoroughly and repair cracks, holes and crevices as soon as possible.
4. Replace Old Windows
Windows also let out a lot of heat if they are not properly insulated. Investing in vinyl energy-efficient windows enables you to save a fair bit of money; what is more, these windows also add a great deal of value to your home.
5. Check the Gutters
Clean all debris from the gutters before the onset of winter and cover the gutters with mesh guards to prevent leaves, twigs and tree branches from returning. Clogged gutters can cause water damage in the basement, are prone to corrosion and can lead to damaged exterior surfaces.
Winterizing the home takes time, but it will save you money in the long run. Ensure your home is ready for the winter season and you will have peace of mind knowing that you are ready for cold, snow, blizzards or whatever else winter may bring.