It’s a Fair Question.
It’s not often that our area has extremely harsh winters and gets a ton of snow. When we do, are you ready for it? Or, the bigger question is, is your home ready for it? The safest and best place to be is in the comfort and warmth of your own home, so it is a good idea to make sure you and your home are fully prepared.
Before the arrival of a snow storm or bitter weather conditions, be sure that your home has been “winterized.” Listed below are a few ways to make sure that your home is ready for the possibility of any winter weather.
- Start by making sure there are no gaps in the seals of your doors and windows. They should have weather strips and be caulked. This will help not only keep out the cold air, but also to keep your heating cost down.
- You should also install more insulation where you can around your house, for instance insulating the water heater. Another smart idea is to insulate your pipes. If you touch your pipes and they are warm, this means they are good candidates and can be insulated. By doing this you will end up paying less for hot water while also decreasing the possibility of busted pipes which can be a complete catastrophe.
- Don’t forget to get a heating system tune up. Keeping your furnace cleaned and well greased will reduce the energy use.
- Seal your ducts! Studies show that 10 to 30% of our households cool or hot air escapes through unsealed ducts. I would be cautious of duct cleaning services through random companies but if you call your local HVAC company they can do this for you. In the end, it could end up saving you money, in addition to keeping your house warm.