Winter is coming! It's time to start thinking about how you are going to prepare for the upcoming winter weather. Here's a few tips.
1. Realign or Replace Windows
Old or drafty windows are the #1 cause for hefty energy costs in the cold. You want your windows to be watertight, airtight and energy efficient.
Before making the decision for new windows, make sure you check all of your sashes are sitting properly. Most windows have simple side lock releases that allow you to remove the entire sash for an easy and quick adjustment.
Do you have older wooden windows? It may be time for replacement. We install windows manufactured in New England that are made for harsh winters boasting incredible ENERGY STAR ratings. Just make sure you get a 5-star professional installer for an air-tight, energy saving experience. View our window options.
2. Check Drainage and Clean Your Gutters
If the soil around your foundation has settled, it creates areas for water to pool. An easy fix is to fill in any low spots with soil. Then check your downspouts and make sure water is moving away from your home. You may consider adding downspout extenders. Saturated soil around your foundation can create real problems as it freezes and thaws throughout winter months.
We also recommend cleaning your gutters and downspouts before the snow starts falling. Leaves, sticks, nests and other debris can get stuck in your gutters and clog them. After your gutters are clear of debris, we recommend installing Gutter Guards for an inexpensive fix. If you notice any damages, you can call us for a free inspection.
3. Replace Filters
One of the easiest ways to winterize your home is replacing the filters. If filters are not changed regularly and kept clean, it affects the air flow and can cause problems with heating and cooling functions. Dirty filters allow dust and grime to build up on equipment, making it work harder to produce the same results.
4. Seal Your Masonry And Exterior Wood
We recommend sealing your masonry and exterior hard surfaces. Good masons strategically use control joints in your concrete to ensure any cracking is limited. Take the time to inspect your concrete and fill in any cracks before you apply sealer so that water can't freeze over the winter.
All of your exterior wood trim needs to be protected from the elements. Decks are typically pressure-treated or rot-resistant, but exterior wood trim and window trim is typically a 1" pine board that deteriorates quickly if not protected. We've seen lots of rotten wood around the outside of bay windows and exterior doors. Replacing trim can be an expensive cost so the best action is preventative and that means keeping it painted and caulked.
5. Close Up Any Entrances To The Attic
An attic is the perfect winter home for squirrels and birds. Critters can cause damages and some heath problems. You can trim your trees and make sure the branches are a good distance from your home. Also, check your gable vents are intact. We would recommend installing a screen behind your gable vents just in case. Double check your soffit and fascia don't have any holes allowing for smaller critters to enter.
If you have any questions or would like any help winterizing your home, you can schedule a free inspection online now. Also reach our main offices at (434) 515-2868 or stop by at 4847 Fort Avenue Lynchburg, Virginia.