Is Your Home Ready for Winter? | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 25 October 2012 14:35

With winter approaching, many Americans miss a few small, but crucial, ways to prepare their homes for the colder season.

“Some homeowners occasionally forget to or don’t realize they should winterize their homes,” says Leonard Kady, with the American Institute of Architects. “Prepping your home properly for the season could save you the expense of repairing and painting after a harsh winter.”

To help you prepare, Kady offers this advice:

Check Fireplaces — Make sure you keep fireplace dampers closed to protect against drafts. Leaving a damper open is the equivalent of leaving a window open. Installing glass panels over the fireplace will also help keep drafts to a minimum and ultimately save you money on heating costs.

Clean the Gutters — Take time to clean your gutters now to prevent them from clogging or even bursting during a heavy rainstorm.

Use Programmable Thermostats — Installing a programmable thermostat is a great way to prepare for winter. They are reasonably universal to install and allow you to program temperatures that make sense for your home — such as keeping it cooler during the day when no one is home.

Get Help — An architect can check your home for pockets of energy inefficiency. To find one, visit architectfinder.aia.org/.

—StatePoint

 

Classifieds

Weekly specialty items listings, garage sales, and much more!

 

Current Ads

 

If you would like to place a Classified Ad, call Patrick at 510-614-1558.

Biz Spotlight

Tell us about your local business, events, and special offerings. Where you make the news!

 

Submission form

Real Estate

Get the latest in housing news and services delivered to you in full color PDF.

 

Browse this weeks gallery