Prepare your home for winter weather
November 23, 2015
We’ve been lucky and had a very mild fall this year in South Dakota, but with our first dusting of snow recently, it’s time to start preparing your home for the winter months. Hagen Glass can help you keep the cold out with winterization tips. If weren’t able to install new siding or windows this spring or summer, both of which can reduce heating costs significantly, there are still things you can do to keep your home warm and inviting this winter.
- All the leaves and grime that you neglected while you were out swimming, hiking, or riding your bicycle this summer have built up in your gutters. If left full of debris, clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage systems from working properly. When your gutters overflow, you may end up with a waterfall in your home! Water can also spill onto decks, down windows, into walls and freeze which can cause many problems for your home.
- The best way to keep warm and in and cold air out is to check for air leaks in your home. You may have a state of the art heating and cooling system, but if your home has air leaks, your just pumping that money out the window. Plus you make your system work harder which ends up costing you more to heat your home. Use caulk to seal cracks and openings between stationary house components like a door frame and weather stripping to seal components that move like an operable window. If your windows are old, consider insulating them with kit from the hardware store. One the weather warms up, Hagen Glass can give you an estimate on replacement siding and new windows. This investment will yield residual payoffs through the years. It is especially important in South Dakota where are winters are long and cold, and our summers are hot!
- Since it has been unseasonably warm this fall, your furnace may be a distant memory since last spring, but before the cold weather descends for good, you might want to consider switching the furnace on for a little TLC. Clean your furnace annually each Fall. Sediment, like dust and animal dander, if you have pets build-up during the warm months and can cause your system to work inefficiently or potentially become a fire-hazard. Clean your system and get it inspected to reduce these risks. When in use during the winter months, try to change your filter regularly; a dirty filter will decrease air flow and energy-efficiency. And if your furnace is ready to be replaced, consider an energy-efficient model. It will save you money and energy each month!
- Heating ducts are often forgotten about because they are out of sight and therefore, often out of mind. but a home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system if there is a leak. Make sure your ducts are in order by properly sealing and insulating them. Tightly sealed and insulated ducts can potentially reduce your annual energy bills by over $100 or more!
Don’t let the winter months give you the cold weather blues! Keep your home warm and comfortable by doing these few quick fixes around the home. And when the spring months roll around, Hagen Glass can help you design and plan a renovation with new siding and windows. Both are investments that will keep the chill of winter out of your home.
Last Modified: 05/23/2016 8:57:57 am MDT