Winter is coming, prepare your home with six essential tasks to make sure your home is nice and insulated for the winter.
Don’t wait for winter to strike, act now and don’t put it off, you could be saving money by simply making a few quick upgrades.
Step 1: Seal any gaps larger than 1/8 inch around windows and doors. This simple solution can cut your heating bill by up to 15%. Windows can be easily sealed with press adhesive-backed closed-cell foam.
For more complex weather-stripping options check out these step-by-steps
- How to Make Your Doors Draft-Free with Weatherstripping
- Making Windows Weathertight
- 3 Easy Draft Blockers to Try
Step 2: Check your gutters. If gutters aren’t pitched at the correct angle they overflow which can leak into your basement and cause problems. A properly pitched gutter slopes between 1/16 inch and 1/8 inch per foot. You can check the pitch by holding a level even with the gutter.
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Step 3: Fix Cracked Concrete
Although, this one won’t save you money directly, it might save you a trip to the emergency room. Cracks and crevasses in the driveway can be a major tripping hazard. The wetter it is outside the more possibility of danger, especially if you live somewhere where it gets cold enough to freeze. Save yourself the potential harm and seal any cracks on your driveway/walkway.
- For instructions on how to repair worn concrete click here.
Step 4: Clean cooling devices
Change the rotation of ceiling fans to clockwise to they push warm air down. This can usually be done by flicking a switch on the base. Also, wipe the blades down to take off any dust that has accumulated.
Step 5: Check for any holes or cracks in the attic.
Either during the brightest part of the day or during a steady rain, check your attic for streams of light or water. If you notice any, fix leaks with by caulking with tripolymer elastomeric sealant, which is compatible with asphalt shingles and resists UV rays. If holes and leaks are left unsealed, it can lead to much more serious damage and critter invasions. For larger holes, you will need to do a more serious repair before a big storm hits.
Step 6: Check your insulation: make sure your house has proper insulation. If you are able to see the tops of the joists, you need to add some insulation. On the other hand, you might have too much insulation if the current layers are more than an inch above the joists.
Check out the sites below for more details about proper insulation
Protecting your home from the coming winter is an easy way to save yourself hassle and money. With just a few simple upgrades you could prepare yourself for winter.