While it may only be November, winter is just around the corner and this means we need to prepare our homes for the bitter-cold. Check out some tips from Bennett Contracting on how to make the most of this winter.
Many homeowners neglect the leaves and grime that corrode the gutters in the summertime. When debris isn’t addressed, it begins to clog the gutters and drains. Ice dams can easily form and prevent the drainage systems from working correctly. Ultimately, this will lead to water seeping into the home, creating an extensive amount of issues and rack up energy costs. Simply run water through the gutters to check from misalignments that can potentially cause water damage.
One of the most important steps you can take for energy savings is to ensure that there are absolutely no air leaks in the home. Warm air will escape out of the cracks and this will make your heating system work harder. Caulk is a great resource to seal cracks between stationary home components such as a door frame.
It’s easy to forget about air ducts since they are tucked away in the attic or basement. However, a home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves in the air duct system. Make sure to properly seal and insulate air ducts to reduce your energy bill!
Outdoor lights are usually left on for an extensive amount of time so it’s best to use energy saving bulbs. Energy Star is a great brand that features CFL and LED flood lights that are resistant to snow and rain. Now that the holidays are coming up, decorate with LED holiday lights to reduce the cost of decorating your home or office.
For more energy saving tips, contact Bennett Contracting at 518.462.6731. We offer energy saving windows, door installation, siding replacement and home remodeling services in Albany NY.