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Is Your House Ready For Winter?

In case you haven’t noticed, the days are getting shorter and the sunlight coming through our bedroom is no longer waking us up at 5 AM. Well, you know what’s coming…WINTER. Are you ready? Have you started your Winter-Ready home preparations? Well, probably not, that is why I am here to get you going.

As you guys know, I like to observe a house from the outside-in, top to bottom. So here we go.

If you have been listening to me, you should know the importance of keeping rain water from entering your house!!!

How about those gutters, are they cleaned and ready to go?

Even with the screens installed, I have the gutters and leaders checked annually. Guys, I am just too old to get on the ladder!!!!

How about your chimney(s)? Whether for your fireplace, oil or gas burning furnace, your chimneys should be checked and swept. This includes masonry and stainless steel lined chimneys.

Insulation—Insulation—Insulation! Insulation contributes to maintaining a warm/comfortable home as efficiently as possible.

Our addition before installation insulation
Our future bedroom, we did not find much insulation buried in the 1906 frame work
Our addition fully insulated
Basement/crawl space insulated properly

It’s never too late to insulate those pipes.

Lets see, we have:

  • Domestic hot water pipes
  • Heating hot water pipes
  • Domestic cold water pipes

Now for the big guys, our heating and hot water systems.

Servicing these units is all about clean, clean, clean. Whether it’s the nozzles on the oiled fired burner head or the oil filter at the tank, or the gas burners in the natural gas boiler, they need to be checked, cleaned or changed. When was the last time the hot water tank was drained to clean out mineral deposits on the bottom?

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