EASY and PRACTICAL STEPS TO ENSURE A COMFORTABLE and HASSLE-FREE WINTER
- 1) CLEAN THOSE GUTTERS
make sure to remove fall leaves and other debris,give the gutters a hosing down so that winter's rain and melting snow can drain efficiently~look for leaks and misaligned pipes making sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the foundation where it could cause flooding or other water damage.
- 2) BLOCK LEAKS
walk around the house on a windy day with matches to determine drafty outlets and gaping exposure around doors to the outside and then insulate all culprits.
- 3) ADD INSULATION
adding insulation to attic where it is needed will save you money.
- 4) CHECK THE FURNACE
have your furnace checked and serviced, and change filters monthly.
- 5) GET YOUR DUCTS IN A ROW
vacuum your ducts and repair and insulate gaps where heat escapes.
- 6) FACE YOUR WINDOWS
update to more efficient windows if not possible use a window insulator kit.
- 7) CHIMNEY SWEEP
have your chimney swept and inspected~keep the chimney's damper closed when not in use, same as wood stoves.
- 8) REVERSE CEILING FANS
by reversing the fan, it will push warm air downward and force it to re-circulate.
- 9) WRAP UP THOSE PIPES
wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fibreglass insulation.
- 10) SMOKE DETECTORS
check the smoke alarms and have at least one carbon-monoxide detector.
By doing all these things your winter season will be smooth sailing and you'll save money!