Some people don’t give much thought to the inspections and changes they should make to their homes for the cold seasons. But checking for leaks and maintaining your heating, you can not only make your home safer and more comfortable, but you could save some dollars, too. With winter just around the corner, now is a great time to begin winterizing your home. Here are a few things you can do to accomplish just that:
Check for Leaks
When checking for leaks, you’re looking for anywhere that air can get in or out. The worst offenders are doors and windows, so look for cracks or gaps in or around both for places where air can get in or out. A simple silicone sealant placed in these cracks can effectively seal them. Make sure to also check your foundation for any cracks.
Also, if you have storm windows, now is a good time to ready them.
Have Your Furnace and Water Heater Serviced
Many people have yearly maintenance plans with their heating and cooling companies, and now is the time to put in an appointment to have yours serviced. The furnace and all of it’s joints, fixtures and vents will be checked as well as air filters and ductwork.
Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Where there is heat, there is sometimes fire, so make sure your family is protected by adding smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, especially if you use a fireplace or wood burning stove.
Winterize Your Equipment
Make sure your leaf and snow blowers are in working condition and also let the gas drain out of lawn mowers and weed eaters. The gas sitting in them just over the winter could go bad.
Contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling, we’re more than happy to help you with any issues you might have with winterizing your home. Our friendly experts are knowledgeable and we’ve been serving Vancouver to Salem, Hillsboro to Bend, Oregon since 1976. We’ve got you covered!