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Your Home Winterization Checklist

Posted by Bonnie Bornstein Fertel on Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 07:18 AM

While we're not watching, the season is changing...

Have you noticed that your busy getting your kids off to school, or changing seasonal clothing in your closet and checking your calendar in preparation for the upcoming holiday season and before you know it there's a chill in the air?

Yup, fall is here and gone and now you need that extra layer of clothing, cape or poncho, or, dare I say...a coat!?

The summer flowers have gone to sleep for the dormant season ahead and your mums and cabbage plants are starting to show signs of winter.

So, let's discuss how you can get your house ready for winter. Here's your Home Winterization Checklist with some tips that will help you in winterizing your home. 




Your Checklist:

1.Caulk, Seal, Tighten up!

Let's start with drafty windows and doors. 
Check the weatherstripping around your garage doors, front door, side/rear door to avoid that blustery cold wind from entering your home. You want to be toasty warm, don't you? You can add anywhere between 5-30% to your heating costs due to drafts. 

Have your local contractor check your ductwork. Often we find air leaks that allow the warm air intended to heat your home escaping at duct joints. So that money you've been paying to heat your home has been wasted. The cost to have a professional perform an annual heating tune-up and/or maintain your heating system on a regular basis is money-well spent here. 

2. Schedule an annual tune-up.

Schedule a heating system tune-up. It's in your best interest to have your heating system inspected by a professional each year.

Annual heating tune-ups 

  • Save you money in the long run, discovering small problems before they become big issues. 
  • Maintain the yearly lost efficiency of your system
  • Increase performance of your furnace, boiler or ductless heating unit
  • Extend the life of your equipment

 

3. Consider an upgraded thermostat to better control your heating costs.

A digital setback thermostat (often called 'clock')  allows you to specify when you want the heat to run as opposed to maintaining a lower thermostat during times when your home is unoccupied or at sleeptime. This will save money on heating costs.

Consider a WiFi thermostat that will become the bridge for a future Home Automation System.

  • You can
    • Lower/raise the temperature in your home remotely from any computer, tablet or smartphone!  
    • Automate memorized settings 
    • Get notifications of changes in temperature settings or trouble with equipment

4. Update your system with multiple zones.

Some heating systems such as hot water baseboard or hydronic systems will allow for zoning. Ask your heating professional about the possibilities of upgrading your system so that you only heat rooms that are being used and have the capability of turning up/down that zone at a moment's notice.

Another alternative to isolate systems is to consider a Ductless Heating System. If you've addded space to your home and your heat just doesn't seem to work as well as it did you might have 'stretched it' beyond the system capability. Ductless units allow single room conditioning with whisper quiet sound, efficiency and individual control and comfort. 

5. Time for a new, upgraded furnace or boiler?

If you're experiencing more frequent down-time and seeing your repair costs increase or your energy bills rise due to the age and condition of your heating unit, it may be time to consider a new, modern, more efficient furnace or boiler. Contact your local expert heating contractor for options. 

6. Don't forget to check drafty areas like crawl spaces and outdoor walls that may house water lines. 

Your local NJ plumber can help winterize your outdoor cabana, hose faucets and check any lines that run in outside walls. 


Here are some articles and blog posts we've written in the past that might interest you:

 

Turn on the kettle, make some hot cocoa or tea and give thought to how you'll better improve the comfort in your home this winter.

If you live or work in our local NJ service area and need our help, get in touch!

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Stay warm!

 

Topics: Winterize your home, Getting ready for winter


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