Winter is fast closing in upon us, and while the weather is still permitting it is time to start winterizing our homes. With our wonderful Oregon luck of wind, rain and at anytime a foot of snow now is the time to be prepared!!!
I have listed a few ideas to help you prepare your home for the winter weather of the Pacific Northwest and of course our very own beautiful Portland Metro area:
Inspecting your home heating ducts: One of the first major sources of energy loss (meaning higher energy bills) is leaky and uninsulated ducts. Sealing and insulating your ducts can help your furnace run more efficiently, lengthening the life of your furnace and of course saving your hard earned money!
Have your furnace inspected: This really goes along with having your ducts inspected because preventive maintenance ensures your furnace will work strong and smooth all winter long, keeping the efficiency and keeping the need for a late night call because your furnace shut off at 9:00 pm and it’s freezing outside!!!
Cleaning out your gutters: The task that we all dislike doing but it can stop the force water from seeping inside your house, which can cause serious structural and foundational damage and that pesky drip on the head when you are unlocking your door! (my personal favorite pet peeve!)
Make sure to check for leaks around windows and doors: Making the switch to energy-efficient windows and doors and ensuring that all leaks are sealed can save you hundreds of dollars a year. If you are unable to do that, make sure to seal off any leaks by using caulking or other home methods around the windows. This will also help in the cost of your energy bills.
Our Home Energy Efficiency Specialists are always happy to help in any way that we can. We are more than happy to come into your home and inspect, give tips, and help you plan on a warm winter instead of a cold freeze!
Stay Warm Everyone!!! 🙂