|Is Your Home Ready for Winter?||| Print ||
|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/.