Cold weather can take a real toll on your home, inflicting some serious wear and tear.
The most effective way to minimize damage is by making sure your home is ready to face up to harsh fall and winter weather. Here are some tips to help get you started.
- Clean Out Your Gutters Prevent clogging by removing leaves and debris from drainpipes and gutters, and drain outdoor faucets to prevent pipes from bursting.
- Clean Your Fireplace and Chimney Clear out all the ash and charred wood from the fireplace. Get a chimney cleaner to not only clean out the chimney but also check the damper to make sure it can be tightly closed to prevent drafts from getting in.
- Perform Furnace Maintenance Clean your filters and check to see that your heating vents aren’t blocked or covered by furniture or carpets. Call a certified RESNET HVAC contractor for your annual heating system check-up.
- Remove and Store Air Conditioners If you’re using window air conditioners, now is the time to remove and put them away into storage. Make sure you clean them before covering or storing.
- Air Seal Doors and Windows Check your doors and windows for any air leaks with this simple test: run your hand along a window or doorframe and feel for a draft. If you find air leaks, seal them by:
- Applying weather stripping
- Caulking any holes
- Installing storm windows or doors
- Perform Water Heater Maintenance Drain your water heater and remove any debris that may have settled on the bottom of the water tank.
To learn more about how you can properly prepare your home for fall and winter weather, contact your local certified RESNET Home Energy Professional for advice.
This content was originally published by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) here. This content has been republished with the permission of RESNET. RESNET is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET’s industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.