Whether you’ve lived in your home for years or this is your first winter in a new house, you’re sure to find these tips useful for saving yourself time, money, and stress.
Prime and Prep Your Windows to Reduce Heat Loss
Our windows provide us with the perfect view of falling leaves and holiday decorations outdoors. While we’re cozied up inside, our windows are doing the hard work of protecting us from the elements.
To increase the effectiveness of your windows, add drapes or an e-coating to cut down on heat loss. You can also add storm windows to up the heat loss reduction to 20%.
Reduced heat loss keeps you warm and cuts back on your utility usage, which is always a plus during the holiday season!
Get Your Fireplace Ready for the Season
Who doesn’t love sitting by the fireplace while drinking hot cocoa and spending time with loved ones? Few things say “winter” more than a roaring fire.
Before you break out the fire logs, take care of your fireplace. If you haven’t had your fireplace or chimney cleaned in a while, have it down professionally before the season begins. Dirty chimneys are a huge fire hazard and pose a great risk to your home.
After your fireplace has been cleaned, you make it more efficient by adding glass doors and having your flue damper sealed. This will prevent cold air from coming down the flue, and block your conditioned air from escaping out the chimney.
If you’re ready for an upgrade, replace your wood-burning fireplace with a gas insert or wood stove version. Doing so reduces heating costs and increases the efficiency of your fireplace.
Care for Your Roof
Even in areas without particularly harsh winters like Louisiana, our roofs take a major beating all year long. Taking stock of your roof before winter starts is the trick to preventing major (read: expensive) repairs.
Look for torn, loose, and missing shingles. Damaged shingles will allow cold air & water into the home.
Check for tears and holes in the seals during the vent stacks and chimneys. Be sure to have any debris such as leaves and pine needles removed from your roof regularly as they cause moisture buildup.
While having a few repairs done takes time and money, it’s nothing compared to the stress of replacing all or part of your roof.
Follow this Winter Prep Checklist
Finally, use this handy checklist to prepare your home for colder months:
● Replace or clean furnace filters.
● Clean your driveway and walkway. Repair any cracks for safer walking.
● Test and clean out your humidifier.
● Check your gutters and downspouts for buildup and debris.
● Have your heating system professionally inspected.
● Seal up any cracks around doors and windows with caulk.
● Test your smoke and CO2 monitors.
● Remove any fire hazards from the home.
● Run your ceiling fans clockwise to re-distribute warm air throughout your space.
Once your home is ready for the winter season, be sure to reward yourself for a job well done with some hot chocolate or cider!
Thankfully, Louisiana winters tend to be mild and pleasant by Northern standards, allowing you to delight in the holidays without extra stress. If you’re looking for a home to enjoy all four seasons in, contact the Williams Team and we’ll help you find the ideal place for you!