Five Musts Before Winter
The nights are getting colder and the leaves are turning. Winter is on its way and it is not going to wait for you to get your home ready. There are some quick and easy things that every homeowner can do to make sure that they are ready.
Protect your outdoor faucet
One of the easiest things to do for any homeowner is to disconnect their garden hoses from the outdoor faucet and drain the faucet. Then, add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes. They are very inexpensive, available at any home improvement store, and easy to install. They can also save a homeowner from the headache and the cost of having a pipe burst.
Get Your Gutters Cleaned
Plan and simple, get your gutters cleaned. You can do it yourself or hire a qualified contractor to do it for you. It is well worth the cost when you take into consideration the damage from clogged gutters can cause. The cost from that damage can run well into the thousands. Heading into the winter months with clean gutters is always high on the list of winter preparation items.
Caulk Your Cracks
For the cost of a tube or two of caulking and a caulking gun a homeowner can save a small fortune in heating costs during the cold weather season. Hot spots to check for gaps or cracks are window sills, around doors, and near fireplace or dryer vents. If you are a first time caulker it is best to start slowly until you get the hang of it. If you know you have cracks that need to be addressed and a DIY project is not in your skill set, any qualified contractor will be able to do the job quickly.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
If you have an older thermostat, consider upgrading to a more modern model. The modern thermostats can be programmed to allow the temperature to drop during the hours when your house may be empty, like work or school hours. No one enjoys taking the time to program the modern thermostats but savings on your heating bill will make it well worth the effort. Should the thought of installing a new thermostat seem too much, and qualified HVAC or electrical contractor will be able to handle the job easily.
Get Your Furnace Serviced
Can you remember the last time that you had your furnace serviced? Every major manufacturer recommends annual servicing. Not servicing your furnace could take as much as five years off of its functional life. Keeping it in good repair will not only make it last longer but it will function better, saving you money. This should only be performed by a qualified HVAC contractor and help to keep you warm during the cold weather months.