Ah, fall is officially here in Michigan and right on cue there’s a chill in the air. While the sun is still shining, let’s get ready for the upcoming cold. Check these off of your home care list and stay warm and dry this winter.
First call your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) contractor to check and tune up your furnace, heat pump, or boiler for the heating season ahead. It’s a minimal cost that will prevent you from being caught in the cold with your furnace down. You can find a contractor to perform this work here. You’ll save time, money, and headaches by having the equipment tested for optimal performance and the prevention of carbon monoxide leaks.
Make the most of the heating in your home by insuring your ceiling fan is turning the proper way. When the heat is on, your ceiling fan blades should rotate clockwise. This keeps the warm air circulating and not resting near the ceiling. Change the blade direction by flipping the switch located on the fan housing, where the blades rest.
It’s time to check the seal around your windows and doors. Sealing gaps can save you 10-15% on your energy bills. That’s money in your pocket and a warmer, cozier home! On your home’s exterior, use silicone caulk to fill in gaps between window and door frames and siding. Add weather stripping around doors to eliminate gaps. Old windows that can’t be replaced? Check the glazing compound that holds the glass in place and seals the window and replace as necessary. On the inside of your home, use rope caulk to eliminate gaps between window sashes and frames. Add foam gaskets around exterior wall outlet plates. Heck, even those silly door snakes can keep out cold drafts.
Save time, money, and headaches by preventing ice dams on your home this year by taking these 5 steps. Find detailed information here.
1. Seal 2. Insulate 3. Ventilate 4. Aerate 5. Pressurize
Save up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs by installing a programmable thermostat. The Nest makes your life easy in so many ways. It learns how you live and the temperatures you like. You can set it with your phone when you’re away and it even monitors extreme temps or furnace trouble and alerts you via phone.
Check your roof for loose or missing shingles. Repair and replace as necessary.
Check your siding for peeling paint. Scrape, prime, and repaint to maintain the protective paint film.
Inspect your fireplace chimney, flue, and firebox.
After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters. Inspect the joints and tighten loose brackets.
Remove window air conditioners and store. Clean and cover ground units.
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