It’s that time of the season..fall. Glorious fall! When the leaves change color, the air turns crisp and chilly, and your home gets a little extra TLC before the winter freeze sets in. To help you winterize your home before the seasonal change, our Customer Care department compiled these great tips that will keep your house in great shape all fall (and winter!) long.
Remove and replace caulk around windows and exterior doors that has shrunk or is peeling. Check weather-stripping at exterior doors and windows. If the weather-stripping is ripped or torn it should be replaced as it will be a source for cold air to penetrate the home. Insulating pads can be purchased to be placed behind outlet and switch cover located on exterior walls. This, also, will reduce cold air penetration.
Remove and replace any peeling, shrinking or dried out caulk. It is important this be done to prevent water from accessing non-primed wood surfaces to prevent wood decay. Check the foundation for any penetrations that may allow insects or rodents to nest. Smaller crevices can be filled with mortar caulk, however, larger penetrations may require mortar patch.
Windows with operable sashes are not impervious to cold air penetration. To reduce this heat loss, install window insulation kits. They will serve as a buffer to aid in lowering the transfer of cool air into your home.
To explain it’s time for a science lesson! You may all remember this one from seventh grade. Convection only exaggerates the feeling of air infiltration. In this process, air currents are created when warm indoor air rises and cooler, denser air is drawn in and replaces the warmer, ambient air.
Cold window surfaces can create convection currents through conduction, or the transfer of heat through the windowpane. As the indoor air loses heat, a convection current is created as the cool air hits the floor and moves into the room.
This is a good time of year to ensure your dryer vents on the exterior of your home are free from obstructions. Clogged dryer vents can be harmful to the operation of your dryer and force hot, humid air back into the home.
Gutters and Downspouts
While the ladder is out checking your dryer vents, now is good time to ensure the gutters and downspouts are free from leaves and limbs. This is important as this debris may not allow water to drain properly, and in freezing temperatures be the primary suspect for ice damming.
If the home’s main water supply is located in the garage it is recommended the pipes be insulated. If the water heater is located in the garage, it is suggested a water heater blanket or insulation wrap be placed around it.
Take summer yard equipment and recreational furniture inside to protect them against the elements. Glass and plastic should be stored indoors to protect them against expansion and contraction due to freezing temperatures. Don’t forget the garden hose!
What tips can you share to winterize your home?
Thanks again to our Customer Care department for pulling these tips together!