Posted by: mteverestair | November 12, 2012

7 Ways to Winterize Your Home Today!

As crazy as it may seem, November is finally here! No doubt you’ve pulled out your sweaters, mittens, and scarves in preparation for the upcoming winter season. But what about your house – is IT prepared for the cold months ahead, too?

If your home is not properly prepared for Old Man Winter, you’ll be a lot less comfortable (and your wallet will be much lighter as well).

But don’t worry! We have 7 ways you can winterize your home, starting today! Check them out below!

Clean Out Those Gutters – One of the best parts of autumn is watching the leaves on the trees turn beautiful shades of gold, orange, and red. But where do they go when they fall? Many may wind up on your lawn or the street, but several will make their way into your gutters. Before the cold weather comes, take the time to remove them and other debris from your gutters by hand and scraper. Once that’s done, give it a good rinse from the hose, and keep your eyes peeled for leaks and misaligned pipes. Additionally, make sure that the downspouts are carrying water AWAY from the foundation. Water should be at least 10 feet away from you home.

Block Any Leaks – Want to know one of the best ways to winterize your home? By blocking obvious leaks around your home! On a breezy day, walk around inside your home while holding a lit incense stick or candle to the most common drafty areas – recessed lighting, window and door frames, and electrical outlets. Locate any drafts you feel, and buy caulk and door sweeps to help close up the leaks. This will help keep you warmer and save you some money on your electric bill!

Check Your Furnace – If you haven’t turned on your furnace at all this season, do so NOW to make sure that it’s working before the coldest weather descends. You should smell a strong, odd odor for a short time, but if it lasts for a long time, shut it down and call us right away. Remember to get your furnace cleaned and tuned annually and to change out the filters monthly to keep your furnace running smoothly and the air you breathe clean!

Get Some More Pink Stuff – No, we’re not talking about cotton candy! We mean insulation! It may cost a bit, but it is definitely money well-spent! You need a minimum of 12 inches of insulation in your attic, regardless of where you live. Just be sure to avoid using insulation that has “kraft face” finish (that is, paper backing) so you can avoid problems in the future!

Reverse the Fans – A small tip that most people don’t often think of when winterizing the home is reversing your ceiling fans. When you switch the direction the blades spin, the fan will push warm air downward, forcing it to recirculate and keep you nice and toasty! If your blades are turning clockwise, you are set for winter! If not, you should be easily able to switch over the fan blades’ rotation to clockwise.

Get Your Ducts in a Row – If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned for quite a while, it’s a good idea to go ahead and call us in to do so! They should be vacuumed at least once every few years to clean out all the dust, animal dander, and any other molecules that gather in them, which can cause respiratory problems for you and your loved ones.

Check All Alarms – When the clocks fall back or spring forward, it is always a good idea to check your smoke detectors and change the batteries. If your detectors are 10 years or older, go ahead and replace them, and be sure also to check that your fire extinguisher is still where it needs to be and functions. Additionally, if you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, invest in at least one!

Are you ready to winterize your home? Need a helping hand before Old Man Winter knocks on your door? Call us today at 1-877-552-2326, and we will help you be ready for the winter season in no time flat! Be sure also to visit us online at www.mteverestair.com to see the services that we provide!

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