How to Prepare Your Home for Winter
Winter is coming. From the shorter days to the cooler evenings, with each day that passes it is clear that summer is fading away. Have you thought about how to make your home more comfortable and prepared for the plunging temperatures? We recommend not to wait when it comes to preparing your home for winter. Act now with a few simple steps while the weather is still pleasant to ensure that your home can face the coming winter without difficulty. Take these simple precautions now to save you trouble in the future.
Check Windows & Doors
Windows and doors are often the biggest culprits for letting in cold drafts in the winter. Have you ever noticed cold drafts around certain areas of doors or windows in the home? Now is the time to do something about it before those heating bills soar this winter. Sometimes caulking any visible cracks is enough to seal the windows and doors and prevent cold air from getting in. It is also a good idea to replace thinner curtains or blinds with heavier ones that will add extra insulation. If your windows are old or in disrepair, it may be a better idea to consider replacement windows. New, more efficient vinyl windows can even result in 40% savings on energy bills. Investing in new windows will ensure that your home’s windows will keep your home warm for many years to come.
Icicles and ice dams are winter hazards for homes. Ice dams especially can cause a lot of damage; once the water melts it is at risk of flowing back into the house. One key element to look at is the attic insulation. Insufficient insulation can be a cause of ice dams. Installing proper attic insulation will keep the attic space warmer and more protected, preventing moisture from building up and entering the home. Installing perforated insulation will ensure that moisture can escape, leaving your attic warm and dry all winter long.
Home Energy Audit
When is the last time you got a home energy audit? Chances are, it’s been too long. Getting a regular home energy audit is a great way to prepare for winter. A professional can give you insight into what needs to be done to make your home more insulated and energy-efficient for the cold winter temperatures. An energy audit will help uncover any inefficiencies in the energy usage in your home, which will help you save money. A home energy auditor can use thermography, which is a technology using thermal infrared energy, to detect problem spots where work could be done. If done now, you will have plenty of time to take care of these problems before winter arrives.
Prepare Your Home for Winter with All Seasons Windows & Siding
All Seasons Windows & Siding provides the Kansas City area with professional services for home improvement, including energy audits. Call us today at (913) 535-4708 to learn more.