Winter is Coming – Tips for Winterizing Your Home
I know, I know… it’s about 87 degrees out. But still, it’s never too early to make some home improvements to prep for the upcoming winter months. Last winter was rather mild, but you never know what lies ahead for this year. Here are a few tips via Philly.com to help prep your home:
- Check your furnace. 1 in 4 U.S. homes have an operating furnace that is more than 20 years old. Many new furnaces on the market are 25-40% more efficient than older models. The most efficient types of furnaces use “condensing technology” according to Energy Star. Make sure you
check the energy rating sticker. The higher the rating, the better. If you do have a newer furnace and you think it needs to be serviced, now is the time to do it as you will find long waits in the winter.
- Weatherwize. Leaky windows and doors are some the the biggest sources of heat loss. Weather stripping is a great way to fix that and can save up to 10% on energy bills.
- Seal before insulating. It’s important to make sure you use foams and sealants to close all penetration to outside before you insulate, otherwise you’ve wasted your time. White/black plastic bags can be put into crakcs to prevent heat from escaping and moisture entering the attic.
- Chimneys and fireplaces. Check your chimney to be sure that the mortar between the bricks isn’t loose or missing anywhere.
- All around troubleshooting. Trim tree limbs that hang over the house, check and clean the gutters.
Here is the full article from Al Heavens at Philly.com. Good luck and enjoy the last week of summer!
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