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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Five Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home for Winter

With summer just winding down, it may be hard to believe winter is on the way! It’s easy to overlook preparing your home for winter – but it can cost you in high energy bills, equipment malfunctions, home pest issues and more. Here are five easy steps to prepare your home for winter.

1. SEAL AIR LEAKS

Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to reduce energy loss and keep energy bills lower during winter. A leaky home can waste approximately 10 to 15 percent of a home’s heating dollars. Air leaks are found around doors and windows, penetration points in the attics (can lights, chimney chases, etc.)

2. CHECK AND UPGRADE YOUR ATTIC INSULATION
Many of today’s homes are under insulated when compared to today’s building codes. After sealing air leaks, adding a layer of blown-in fiberglass insulation to your attic space can further reduce your energy bills and help keep your home comfortable.

3. SEAL AND INSULATE YOUR CRAWL SPACE
Crawl spaces can cause a variety of headaches for homeowners. Because they crawl spaces have direct contact with the earth, they become damp. This is a great breeding ground for mold and mildew, and provides an ideal living space for pests.

4. CHECK YOUR HEATING SYSTEM

Now is the time to schedule your routine inspection of  your home’s heating system. By confirming it’s in good working order, you’ll know it’s working as efficiently as possible – and you’ll help avoid a mid-winter break down.
And don’t forget to change your air filter! Changing it often throughout the year can help your system run more efficiently – and help reduce dust in your home.

5. CHANGE YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Take a quick inventory of the bulbs throughout your home. Upgrading to LED bulbs can reduce your energy bills. During winter’s shorter days, homeowners have lights on more than any other time of year. The investment in LED bulbs will pay off quickly!

Interested in air sealing, upgrading your insulation, or sealing your crawl space? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!
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