Improve Home Energy Efficiency and Home Health in Preparation for Winter

Winter 09', circa 1885As fall approaches, this is the time to prepare your home for harsh winter weather. You’ll be spending more time indoors for the next part of the year and everything should be in working order, both inside and out.

Tips to Keep your Home Healthy and Efficient this Winter

Here are some tips to follow:

1. Inspect your roof for leaks. Moss is a sure indicator of that moisture is being trapped under your shingles (it should be removed immediately). If you are not comfortable doing this yourself contact a roofing company to inspect if for you.

2. Clean you gutters. Cleaning gutters is a nasty job, but get up there and do it before the snow and ice gets in there. Check for dampness in the basement. You can tell if moisture is coming in from the outside by duct-taping a garbage bag on the basement floor for 24-hours; if you can see the outline of the bag when you remove it, then you have moisture coming through the concrete. “Wet basements are often the result of something changing, Many times it’s that the gutters have filled up or the downspouts are sending water where it doesn’t belong. Now is the time to clean them out and consider installing downspout extensions, which are inexpensive and easy.

3. Check your foundation; a minor issue can be repaired easily while ignoring the problem will lead to thousand of dollars in repairs down the line.

4. Check trees around the house to be sure they’re not threatening wires.

5. Open the panel and look for new scorch marks around breakers or fuses. Also check outlets for scorch marks, which could be a sign of loose and sparking wires.

6. Look for loose outlet covers, receptacles, and loose boxes, which may have to be refastened to the studs while the power is turned off.

7. Try inserting a 5 dollar bill in the gaps around your windows and doors. “If you can do it,” then you know exactly where you’re money is going – out the window, due to energy loss.” Simple do it your self repairs can include caulking. Window treatments are another part of this equasion. Krumpers Solar Blinds can increase your windows energy efficiency by up to 40%.

8. Old paint should NEVER be stored near the furnace. Big time fire hazard. In fact, why are you keeping it at all?

9. Change Furnace Filter. We get a reminder every month in the mail to change our furnace filter,It’s called a Gas Bill. The fine print on most filters say they last “up to 90 days,” but it pays to change them far more often – even once a month – during the heating season.

10. Clean Kitchen Range Filter. And speaking of filters, you know the filter in the hood of your kitchen range, the one that looks like something they’ve been using to clean up the BP oil spill. You can just throw it in the dishwasher and it’ll be as good as new.

11. Don’t forget about the grape Kool-Aid: Pour a package (unsweetened, of course) in the toilet tank in the back; if the water in the toilet bowl turns purple without flushing it, then your toilet is leaking and probably needs a new flapper or other seals.

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