There are many things a homeowner can do to get their homes ready for colder weather. Here is a list of some DIY items that can be completed with very few tools and a small amount of experience. As always, if you feel that you are unable to complete these tasks on your own safely, give us a call and we would be happy to assist!
- Windows: As we begin to button up our homes for colder weather, many of us will remove screens/replace window glass panes and/or remove window air conditioner units in older homes. If replacing window panes, be sure that the pane fits flush into the track. If the frame is bent or otherwise damaged, you may loose warm air through cracks. Make sure when the window is closed that there is no debris in the track of the window. Any debris could keep the window from closing completely. Add weather stripping to increase heat retention in your home if necessary.
- Doors: As the weather changes, exterior doors may “shrink” or contract. When a door is closed, check to ensure that there is no additional airflow between the frame and door. If cracks are evident, the frame or door may have shrunk or contracted. Add insulation stripping inside the frame of the door to block out cold air.
- Add insulation in your crawlspace
- Add insulation in your attic
Another very important step: Have an HVAC (Heating & Air unit) fall inspection to ensure your system is running at its best.
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