Can you feel that chill in the air? If not, just you wait — winter will be here before you know it, and now is the time to get your house ready for the cold.
Trust us: You don't want to discover your furnace is dead on arrival of the first frost. And dealing with those cold air drafts now is a lot more pleasant than waiting until the inside of your house feels like a freezer.
To help, we've created the ultimate guide to getting your home ready for winter. Here's a list of what to do and who to hire now, so you're not left shivering through the season.
Gutter Check: Ideally, you'll have your gutters and downspouts cleaned in mid-fall so that you only need todouble check them before winter. If you do encounter clogs or leaking in difficult to reach places, now is a good time to call in the professionals.
Roof Inspection: Have a contractor look for damaged roof shingles. A professional can also assess the integrity of your roof by doing something called aninfrared roof inspection. This process uses infrared rays to locate the parts of a roof that are at higher or lower temperatures than the rest of it. These "hot spots" can show the roof inspector exactly where heat is escaping.
Weatherproof Windows:If heat is escaping through your windows and the space around them, keeping the rest of your house warm is going to be more difficult and more expensive. You might findinstalling energy-efficient, double-paned windowswill make a noticeable difference in your energy costs and how comfortable your living areas feel. You may not need to install new windows if heat is escaping, though. In some cases, all you need is some caulk or weather stripping to weatherproof the existing windows.
HVAC Tuning:Now is the time toreplace the filter in your furnaceand close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather. Go ahead and test that your heating system is working properly, too — it's better to find out now if something needs to be fixed before the real cold weather hits.
Chimney Cleaning:Chimneys and wood stovesshould be cleaned early in the season. If you own a fireplace, this is not optional — it's a matter of safety. When you have your chimney cleaned, have the furnace flue cleaned at the same time. Make sure to test the flue for a tight seal when closed.
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