Autumn To Do’s To Prep Your Home For Winter
Financial benefits can be motivators to prepping for winter’s chill. Here are a few items on the fall home maintenance list to attend to before the weather turns.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
Your windows do more than provide a view of the magnificent fall colours. They also provide a barrier to the cold. Winter heating costs can skyrocket if your windows are poorly insulated; windows with low-e coating reduce heat loss and even reflect back part of the room’s heat. Installing storm windows can also reduce heat loss through windows by approximately 10%–20%. Using drapes and blinds helps reduce heat loss through windows. However, windows with direct sunlight may benefit from having the blinds up during the daylight hours, as sunlight can help heat the space.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
Winter weather brings multiple stressors to any roof system, best to prepare while the sun is still shining. Snow accumulation, ice dams and high winds can cause major damage to homes. Improper insulation could result in very little between you and the elements and means that your roof and ceiling will be much colder and thus susceptible to leaks, mould and other damage. You may be unaware that your roof and walls all ‘hold’ temperature. This means that you can turn your heating up full blast, but if the walls and roof are already cold inside, this will do little to improve their temperature. Start heating your home regularly, around September/October before it gets badly cold. Small problems such as missing tiles or damaged shingles may seem innocuous but could be exacerbated once bad weather hits.
FALL FURNACE TUNE-UP
In the blistering days of summer, the furnace may be a distant memory but a lot can happen during the warmer months to affect your furnace. Consider a regular maintenance inspection, having the furnace cleaned, filter changed, and checking for leaks and unhealthy gases being emitted. If affordable, you could also have the furnace ducts cleaned. For safety sake, remove any items you have stored near the furnace, particularly anything that is likely to catch fire. Also remove any household items that are suddenly sitting on top of or in front of your air ducts and return vents. Every degree you turn your thermostat down could be a saving of approximately 2% on your energy bills.
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