Tips and advice for preparing your home for the coming seasons
- Go online and do the research on getting an energy assessment on your home and find out where your money is escaping.
- Call a professional to inspect your furnace. This is always good to do to know where you stand. It’s better to know if what you have will or won’t make it through the winter now than when the time comes. Emergencies always either cost more than expected or come when we can’t afford them. An inspection may cost between $50-$100 yet its money well spent.
- Have your air ducts cleaned out. After a summer of pollen and so forth this is good practice. you’d be surprised how much has collected over the months within these areas. This is truly helpful and critical if someone in your family has allergies or asthma.
- Check the status of the insulation in your attics. Always start at the top, 65% of our heat escapes through this path, therefore an extra layer (R-#30 being the minimum) wouldn’t hurt but help.
- Caulk around exterior windows and door frames. Caulk is rather inexpensive yet it can save you a good bit of money.I’d even look into storm doors and also windows because on older homes the windows may not be insulated. Many people have been known to put a heavier curtain up during the fall and winter months to help block the draft that may enter.
- Make sure pipes in unheated areas all have insulation to prevent them from bursting. Water hoses should be emptied and stored as well as placing an insulated cover on your exterior water spigot
- Insulate your water heater. There’s several places online that you can purchase the material to do so online and it’s a rather easy process. This cuts down the work of a water heater as it keeps the water warmer.
- Protect your foundation. Rake all mulch and debris away from foundation. As we enter wet seasons the pile up will saturate these areas. While doing so, one should form the habit of checking the foundation for cracks, leakage, dampness and / or puddles forming ion the basement. When addressing these areas one without skill or knowledge should either do the research on waterproofing products and follow steps recommended or just contact a highly recommended professional. * If your going to pay, pay for someone good at what they do or just do it yourself.
- Trim trees that are close to the house or hazardous. If you don’t feel comfortable, contact someone to do so. If you wish to remove a tree, I strongly recommend that you have a professional contractor or one with experience and insurance.
- Clean the gutters. Many people don’t like to use them yet I recommend installing gutter guards.
RX Contracting courtesy of http://www.thebuildersbuilder.com