It happens every year. The hot summer days fade into cooler nights. Soon the sweaters and wool socks are out, and before you know it, there’s a dusting of snow on the ground. Cooler weather this time of year is no surprise in the Cherry Hill area, but is your house ready for it?
There are a number of precautions homeowners can take to keep energy bills down and ensure their homes are ready for the eventual ice, snow and freezing temperatures of winter. If you haven’t taken measures to prepare your home recently, it’s worth your while to look into it.
5 Ways to Weatherize Your Home
There are many actions you can take to prepare your house for colder temperatures, but these five will give you the biggest bang for your buck and make a real difference in your comfort level during the cold months ahead.
1. Have your HVAC system serviced
There’s no time like the present—while it’s still warm outside—to find out you may need work done on your HVAC system. Don’t wait until the snow flies to have an expert service your furnace or boiler. Minor issues can be addressed to avoid major problems when you’re least prepared.
2. Look your roof over
Make sure your roof is solid. Replace any loose shingles and remove debris that may have collected there. Cleaning the gutters will also be essential to avoid the potential for water damage over the winter.
3. Detect and seal air leaks
Don’t let a drafty window or cold floors ruin what should be a cozy evening at home. A blower door test can determine the airtightness of your home and ensure you’re not leaking money through unseen cracks or holes.
Is your home properly insulated? It may surprise you to discover your attic isn’t insulated or the insulation in your walls has settled, opening the door to heat loss and high energy bills.
5. Wrap your pipes
Wrap any exposed pipes with insulation or heat tape to prevent freezing and bursting. Also, be sure to protect any outdoor spigots with insulated covers.
Call the Experts at Allied
If this sounds overwhelming to you, don’t worry! Allied Energy Efficiency Experts can help. We’ll perform an energy assessment to target any weatherization issues in your New Jersey home and our team of experts will make sure your house is properly insulated, wrapped and protected from the cold months ahead.
Even colder weather is coming! Call Allied at (856) 528-2822 or contact us today to schedule an appointment.