Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Is Your House Ready for Winter?

We still have some warm days, but the weather is changing, and before we know it, it will be winter again. Now is the time to start preventing heat loss this winter. A well-prepared house means a warmer and safer family, lower heating bills, less air pollution and and a smaller contribution to climate change. Take a few minutes and make sure your house is ready. Here's what to look for:

The roof:  

On the outside, there should be no missing or damaged shingles. The lines of the roof should look straight, with no sags or bumps in it. On the inside, look for signs of water damage.

The door and window frames:

Look for cracks or gaps that can let in a draft. Home improvement stores sell draft detectors if you want to pay for them, but generally speaking, old window frames that look like this:
will be drafty until they are wrapped in metal trim like this:

And while we're on the subject,


Make sure your house is equipped with thermal windows with low-e glass.


Be sure your house has enough insulation to keep your heat inside this year. Check the attic, the walls and the basement.


Look inside and outside and check for large or new cracks.