New Jersey temperatures begin to drop in September, kicking winterization prep into high gear for homeowners. If you’re looking to prepare your home for the coming winter, here are some things you should consider.
1. Check Your Home’s Insulation
Homes lose most of their energy through the roof and windows, so a little extra insulation this time of year never hurt. It may be time to roll a few extra layers of insulation in the attic or add weather-stripping around doors and windows. Look for any caulk that needs replacing as well, since this is a quick and cheap fix you can do yourself.
2. Prepare Your Plumbing
There’s nothing worse than a burst pipe in winter, so be sure to avoid the problem as best you can by planning ahead. Insulate your pipes with specially made insulation to prevent them from freezing when the temperature drops, and turn off any outdoor faucets and appliances. You may also want to have your pipes inspected for leaks before winter, since leaky pipes are more likely to freeze and swell.
3. Change Out Screens for Storm Doors and Windows
Most homeowners take advantage of screens in the summer to allow a breeze to blow through the house, but this is asking for energy waste in the wintertime. Fall is the ideal time to switch out those screens for storm doors and windows because they will keep your home better insulated.
4. Get Your Heating System Serviced
Perhaps most importantly, have your heating system inspected and maintained by a professional. This is an absolute must. There’s nothing worse than being in the midst of a cold New Jersey winter when your HVAC fails, so don’t risk it. This is also the time to change your air filters and ensure all ductwork is clear of debris. If your heating system ends up needing to be repaired, it’s much less stressful to have it done in the fall before you need to use it.
Call McAllister at 877-216-3505 to schedule your heating service, repair, or installation before winter sets in.
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