Winter is on its way and this means time to winterize your home. For those Californians who live in Tehachapi, Lake Isabella, Pine Mountain, Shaver Lake and Oakhurst, you know the importance of weatherizing your home to protect your investment and cut down on energy costs. Here are some tips for getting ready for the cold winter season.
1) Block draft leaks
According to EarthWorks Group, the average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall. You can get a lit incense stick to help you determine where drafts are in your home. Go to those most common draft areas like recessed lighting, window and door frames and electrical outlets. Once you determined those problem areas, here are some practical ways to help stop those leaks.
2) Insulate your home?
This cost little money and you will get the money back quickly.
3) Wrap those pipes?
Interior pipes will not typically freeze until exterior ‘temperatures fall below 20 degrees. Unprotected water pipes can be the cause of extensive structural damage.
?4) Check the chimney?
It’s easy to forget that the chimney must be checked before using the fireplace. It’s a good idea to have it ?inspected at least once a year.
5) Check the furnace
The furnace has not been used for a while. Check it to make sure is it working. It’s normal for it to have a musty smell, but if the order continues for a long time shut down it down and call a professional
6) Window check
Using storm windows during the cold season will provide an extra layer of protection and warmth for the home. Windows are pricey. So, if you don’t have it in the budget to replace them, you can implement these tips.
We hope you have a safe, warm and cozy winter season. Don’t forget, Alert Disaster Restoration is here for all your home restoration needs.