You might still be experiencing some warm days, but this time of year, you know that the cold weather is just around the corner. That means it’s time to prepare your home, because if you don’t, that cold weather could lead to damage and discomfort for you and your family. Use these tips to winterize your home now so you’re prepared when the mercury drops.
- Clean out your gutters once those leaves are done falling at the beginning of the winter season. Clogged gutters can put stress on the structure of your home and lead to ice dams that seep water into your home. Keep your gutters clean throughout the fall and winter season.
- Have your insulation checked. You really need about 10 to 12 inches of insulation in your attic to protect yourself from cold weather, but many older homes just don’t have that. Get a professional inspection to make sure your insulation is sufficient to keep your home warm without running the heating system all the time.
- Find leaks around windows and doors and make sure they are repaired before it gets cold outside using caulk or replacement items. Even a little bit of very cold air can put a serious chill into your home, making you run the heat at a higher temperature to stay comfortable.
- Get your ducts looked at before you turn on the heating system for the first time. If your duct work is not in good shape or not connected properly, you could be losing up to 60% of the warm air that you’re trying to get into your home. That’s a lot of heat loss, and you’re going to need to run the heating system a lot longer so that you can feel comfortable in your home – even at a reasonable temperature like 68 degrees.
Contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. for more ways to winterize your home before the cold weather arrives. We serve Monmouth County and all of the surrounding areas, and we look forward to serving you and your family as well.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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