We all have plenty to do to get the house ready for the cold winter season. In Westchester, winter brings a fairly significant change in climate, and homeowners have a long list of tasks to complete to winterize their homes. I can hear your protests from here. Taking care of these crucial tasks can help you save money on utility bills in the long run. Prepare for winter now, and you’ll be glad you did when cold weather settles in.
1. Clean Rain Gutters
Having clean gutters not only makes your home look nicer, but they can also help prevent the build-up of ice on your roof. The faster that water can drain away, the less likely it is to melt and then refreeze on your roof or under your shingles. In addition, clean gutters reduce the risk of ice dams and decrease the risk of mold in your home. If you don’t have leaf guards on your gutters, you might have to take several passes until all the leaves have fallen off the trees. We can help you with this task. Please call the office to schedule now.
2. Trim Trees
Take a stroll around your yard and examine your trees closely. Do you see any limbs that could possibly knock out power to your home? Do you see limbs that could hit your home or car if they broke off during a storm? Trimming the trees during mild weather is much easier than trying to do it when it’s frigid outside.
3. Check Your Furnace Filter & Get Your Furnace Serviced
Before you start running your furnace, check the filter – it may need to be replaced. If your furnace filter looks dirty, then definitely replace it. Having a clean filter helps your furnace run more efficiently, this can save you energy and money. Additionally, if you haven’t done so already, consider upgrading your thermostat to a programmable thermostat. Installation is easy, and the ability to program your thermostat to only work when you need it can save more money on heating during the long winter months.
4. Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned
In addition to increasing the efficiency of your dryer, an annual cleaning also helps to ensure your family’s safety and reduce the risk of fire.
5. Add Insulation
Adding insulation is one of the best ways to save energy all year round. During the winter months, that extra insulation makes your home feel warmer.
6. Switch to Storm Windows
Switching to Storm Windows adds one more layer to reduce the cold and will help save energy and reduce home heating bills. If you are having issues with your windows you may need to caulk them again or replace them. We can handle both of these tasks for you. We are a Pella Certified Replacement Window Dealer.
If you need help with any of your Westchester home projects, Korth & Shannahan Painting and Carpentry can service your home in Scarsdale, Greenwich, Armonk, Chappaqua, or Bronxville. Just give the office a call to schedule your free estimate. 914-238-5388