5 ways to winterize your home
Kevin Kalligher, a realtor for RE/MAX results, came by The Lift to share five ways to prepare your home for Winter.
- Service your heating units – contact your local HVAC professional or plumber. If there’s a boiler unit, have them come out to take a look to make sure all of the components are working properly. It’s a proactive step you can take prepare for the cold season
- Clean your gutters – time to get the ladder out and get the leaves and pine needles cleared out in order to prevent ice dams. Installing gutter guards can help, a properly insulated attic floor. The attic should be well-ventilated at about 10 degrees warmer than the temperature outside.
- Seal Cracks and Critter Intrusion Areas – Caulk holes and openings around windows, doors, air conditioners and mail chutes to help prevent cold air from seeping in. You can also install weather stripping and seals for additional heat loss protection. Also if you have any small open area where squirrels or small critters would need warmth and shelter its a good idea to check the perimeter of your home and fill any gaps.
- Check the air quality of your home- If you’re concerned about your air quality, you can get your ducts cleaned, and then opt for an air purifier. This advice is especially helpful for people who may be susceptible to allergies… and those that just want to keep the indoor air environment healthy.
- Check the batteries on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide. A good rule to follow is to change these when you set you clock for daylight savings time.