Before the snow starts to fall, be sure to do these simple things to help keep your home energy efficient and comfortable all winter long.
Unscrew the Outside Hoses
One of the easiest things you can do to prepare your home for winter is to disconnect your outdoor garden hoses and turn off the water. If water freezes in the pipe it can cause your pipes to crack. Avoid this costly repair with this easy task you can do today.
Change Your Furnace Filter
Your home loses up to 30% of its efficiency from the heating system. Start by changing the air filter at the start of winter. It’s also a good idea to get a heating system tune up. A tune up is a small expense that could save lots of money down the road. Your furnace is going to be working hard to keep your home warm all winter.
Clean Out Your Gutters (or have Excel Roofing do it for you!)
As we’ve said before, cleaning out your gutter is crucial to avoid overflow and water damage to your roof. Fall is the perfect time to clean your gutter of leaves and other debris so that they are properly flowing all winter long. Give Excel Roofing a call and we will come out and do it for you!
Install a Smart Thermostat
Programmable thermostats come in a range of prices and features. The programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature of your home based on seasons, time of day, and temperature. Some of them have smartphone integration that allows you to set and check your home’s efficiency from virtually anywhere. They can even tell you when your filter needs to be changed.
Look for Insulation Gaps
Anywhere you have protrusions in your exterior walls is a potential place for outside air to make its way into your home. Check the spigots, cable lines, dryer vents, etc. for any leaks. Small gaps can be sealed with expanding foam. Larger gaps will require something like denim insulation. Denim insulation is made from post-consumer recycled clothing and is easy to use. Fill areas where you see even the slightest bit of daylight passing through.
Check Your Windows
A substantial amount of heat is lost through your windows. Check the weather stripping around the window pane and replace any that are worn or cracked. If you have older single pane windows, replacing them will not only improve your home’s efficiency, but also increase the value of your home. While window replacement is costly, it is worth the investment.