Last Minute Home Winterization Projects

Last Minute Home Winterization Projects

By this time of year, you have likely taken care of most of your home winterization projects. You should have had your furnace inspected by now, as well as taken care of siding and roofing repairs and even switched the direction on your ceiling fans. You are well on your way to enjoying a warm, carefree winter in your home. However, at Aurora Home Inspections, there are a few last minute home winterization projects we want all NY and NJ residents to be aware of. Here are a few less common home winterization projects you can take care of today.

 

  1. Survey the perimeter of your home and cut back the brush. Bushes, shrubs, low hanging trees and even potted plants are great hideouts for rodents during the winter months. Cutting them back will deter rodents and also protect your home from being scraped by branches in ice storms.
  2. Prepare your outdoor plumbing. During the winter, water can freeze and expand inside hoses and sprinklers. This can cause serious damage. Drain hoses, pools, exterior pipes, sprinklers and any unheated pipes. If draining is not an option, make sure to cover and insulate them properly to avoid breaks and bursts. Also cover exposed spigots using newspaper and duct tape.
  3. Clean up your outdoor furniture and store it for the winter. If you wait until the last minute, which most of us do, your outdoor furniture will end up covered in snow and ice. Get ahead of it this year, and put them away nice and clean. You will thank yourself in the spring! Also cover, or put away barbecue grills and potted plants.
  4. Drain the gasoline from lawn equipment. Condensation can build up over the winter months and cause engine trouble if too much water builds up in the gas tank. If you can’t drain the gas tanks, add a gas additive to avoid condensation.

Don’t stop after you have the big things done. You will have a much more enjoyable and less expensive spring if you tackle these last minute home winterization projects today!

 

Affordable Home Winterization Tips

Affordable Home Winterization Tips

Looking for ways to cut your heating bills while on a budget? Aurora Home Inspections has 5 helpful tips to offer to help you keep your home warmer and put a few dollars back in your pocket.

Home Energy Savings Tips

1. Make a Draft Snake.

Struggling with a drafty home? There is a very simple and very affordable solution. All you need is a fabric pouch, or a towel and some sand. Fill the pouch, or roll the towel with sand and place it along the foot of the door. It will keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

2. Bubble Wrap The Windows

It may look a bit strange but bubble wrap makes terrific window insulation. Wrapping your windows with bubble wrap will save you a tremendous amount on your heating bills.

3. Redirect Your Ceiling Fans

This is the simplest trick of them all, yet so many people don’t do it. Changing the direction of your ceiling fan in the winter will add warmth to the home, since the clockwise rotation will push the rising warm air down. Doing this alone could cut your heating bills by 10%.

4. Program Your Thermostat

Don’t waste heat when no one is home, or while you are sleeping wrapped up in blankets. Turning the heat down to 50-55 degrees can take your heating costs down as much as 10%. Upgrading to a programmable thermostat will allow you to accomplish this everyday without ever having to think about it.

5. Lower the Water Heater Temp

Have you ever adjusted the default setting on your hot water heater? Most people never do. A typical water heater will have the temperature set at 140 degrees. However, setting the water heater at 120 degrees instead will yield an additional 6-10% on heating costs and will still be a very comfortable water temperature.

 

Just doing these 5 simple affordable home winterization tips will create a significant amount of energy savings and efficiency in your home.

 

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Winterization Ideas To Keep Your Home Safe This Winter

Winterization Ideas To Keep Your Home Safe This Winter

Winterization Ideas To Keep Your Home Safe This Winter| Aurora Home  Inspections Bergen County NJ

Winter weather has already made some appearances in NY and NJ this year and soon will be here full time. If you have not completed your home winterization projects yet, now is the time! Don’t wait until it’s too late, and you are left in the cold. Aurora Home Inspections wants you and your family to stay safe and warm this winter. Here are a few last minute winterization ideas to keep your home safe this winter.

Have You Had Your Furnace Serviced Yet?

Before we get into any deep freezes this year, make sure you get your furnace serviced. If you wait too long, you could end up with no heat on some very cold nights. Too many people wait until the last minute, and by that time, you may have to wait a long time for an available plumber. In NY and NJ, we’ve already had some very frosty nights. Soon, that will be the story every night. Aurora Home Inspections urges you to have your furnace serviced before winter sets in.

There are also a few signs you should be on the look out for in case your heat is not working properly.

  • Check if your heater is short cycling, or not coming on at all when it is supposed to.
  • Is there any odor when the heat kicks on? It could be some gas not burning right.
  • Check your furnace cap for damage. Sometimes hail and other inclement weather can cause damage to the cap.
  • Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector and make sure you have one on each floor.

Last Minute Winterization

While you are waiting for a professional to look at your furnace, this is the perfect time to start disconnecting and draining water hoses and checking and changing all your filters in the home. It’s also a great time to look around the outside of your home and check on winterization projects you may have missed.

Home Energy Savings Tips

There are several small tweaks and projects around the house that are big energy savers. Just doing a few of these simple things will save you money and add tremendous energy efficiency to your home. Check out these blogs for more tips.