As winter is fast approaching, the following tips can help homeowners ensure their homes are well prepared and more energy-efficient throughout the coming months.
- Inspect around windows and doors for cracks and seal any openings with caulk or weather stripping to prevent air and water from getting into your home.
- Have a professional evaluate the amount of insulation in your home to ensure it is properly insulated and will keep your energy costs down.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
- Visibly check the fireplace opening for loose or missing bricks and have screens in place to protect against any embers that may escape.
- Look for raised, loose or missing roof shingles and replace them, if needed, to prevent water from getting in and creating leaks.
- Remove hoses from outside spigots and store them during the winter months.
- Clean debris from gutters to prevent water from collecting and freezing.
- Make sure all downspouts are pointed away from the foundation.
- Have the HVAC units inspected and change furnace filters monthly for cleaner indoor air and maximum energy efficiency.
- Program thermostats to lower temperatures while at work or sleeping.
These simple steps can help homeowners maintain the overall health and safety of their home during the winter season.