Winterize Your Home
It's that time of year again. Here's some helpful information to get your home ready for winter.
Leaks: Replace worn weather stripping and caulk. Also, consider replacing old windows or install plastic window seal and attach draft stoppers to your doors. Hiring a contractor to perform a blower test will also help you find leaks. A common place for leaks is behind wall switch plates so consider installing foam gaskets behind them. Also, close the fireplace damper when not in use and also the crawlspace vents.
Heating: Hire professionals to clean and check the system. Replace air filters monthly and use a setback thermostat to be more efficient.
Insulation: Check for adequate insulation. This is also a great return on investment for a home improvement project. Don't forget the floor, walls, and ceiling.
Outside: Trim trees and clean the gutters. Install a chimney screen to block leaves from falling inside. Don't forget to keep snow and ice away from the garage door and front door. Also, be sure to check the condition of your steps and rails. In the garage, be sure to drain gasoline from lawn mowers and other motorized lawn equipment.