Winter is just around the corner and we never know what Mother Nature has in store for us. Here is a list of things you can do to prepare your home.
1. Plug hidden leaks
About 30 percent of the cold air that leaks into your home is through holes where pipes, vents, or electrical conduits run through walls, ceilings, and floors. An insulating foam sealant should be applied to fill gaps, or caulking can also be used for smaller areas.
2. Wrap pipes to prevent freezing
Wrapping pipes with foam insulation is a quick and inexpensive fix to help avoid water freezing in your pipes during those really cold evenings.
3. Have your furnace inspected
Schedule to have a professional check to make sure the fan belt is running correctly. Now is also the time to replace the filter. Troubleshoot any issues found.
4. Make your windows airtight
Air leaking through windows in your home can mean almost literally “money out the window.” If you have an older home with single-paned windows, consider replacing them with new dual-pane windows. At a minimum, consider applying caulking around the window frames and weather-stripping between the sash and the window frame to help prevent air leaks.
5. Add insulation
Many homes don’t have insulation in the attic. It is recommended to have a depth of 12 inches of insulation to keep the heat from escaping the home. There are options now that are eco-friendly, help prevent mildew, discourage pests and can impede fire. Good insulation can help your home feel more comfortable by stabilizing temperature and helping reduce exterior noises.
6. Repair ductwork
Ductwork that is not well-connected and insulated can lead to a significant amount of lost heat and wasted money. Ducts can be found in the attic, basement, and crawlspaces. Repairing any pinches and gaps will help keep the heated air flowing at its full capacity into the home.