Tips for homeowners as they prepare for the colder months ahead.
- Inspect around windows and doors for any cracks, and seal any openings with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent air and water from getting into your home.
- Have a professional evaluate the amount of insulation in your home to ensure it’s properly insulated and will keep your energy costs down. This will probably be a "free service" if you hire the company that does the inspection, if not don't be surprised with a bill for services.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly. Many States now require "hard wired" detectors, a higher cost when installing takes the "reminder" of changing the batteries.You must still test each detector to make sure they are in good working order
- Visibly check the fireplace opening for loose or missing bricks and have screens in place to protect from any embers that may escape.This "check" starts from the inside outside.
- Look for raised, loose or missing shingles, which can allow water to get in, and replace if needed. Missing shigles can be a huge problem when the temperatures stay below freezing.
- Remove hoses from outside spigots and store your hoses indoors for the winter months. Best to install new "freeze free" outdoor spigots for true piece of mind.
- Check and Clean debris from gutters to prevent water from collecting and freezing. Also check your leaders, also know as downspouts as well.
- Make sure all downspouts are pointed away from the foundation and check
- Have the HVAC units inspected and change furnace filters monthly for maximum energy efficiency and cleaner air.
- Make sure to have Programable thermostats to insure lower temperatures while at work and while sleeping.
These simple steps can help homeowners maintain the health of their home over the winter months,and also throughout the rest of the year as well.