Winter is nearly upon us, and with it blowing snow and plunging temperatures. At this time of year, Murphy the Wolf loves homeowners who ignore the changing season! When homeowners procrastinate preparing their homes for winter, they end up with more serious repairs and more challenges in getting those repairs done. Keep Murphy at bay by performing these simple tasks that will keep you and your family warm and safe this winter season, and your energy bills affordable.
Tips for Winter Home Maintenance
- Weatherproof your windows. Sealing drafty windows is a very effective way to keep heat in and energy bills low. Caulking, weatherstripping and window insulator kits are short-term fixes to stop energy leaks. For a long-term solution, Huff ‘N Puff can install high-performance replacement windows featuring low-E glass that can cut your energy bill up to 25%, depending on where you live.
- Clean out the gutters. Clean gutters keep clogs from allowing water to back up, freeze and seep into your home. Overflowing gutters can also cause damage to your landscaping, siding and foundation. Take the time to remove leaves and debris, then ensure that downspouts are clear by flushing the gutters with water.
- Service your heater. No one wants to find out that their heating system isn’t functional when the temperature hovers around 0°F, yet few homeowners have this system regularly serviced. Call a professional to evaluate the condition of your furnace, vents, stove and/or chimney before the temperatures bottom out, and perform repairs if necessary.
- Prepare for winter storms. Don’t let a blizzard catch you by surprise. Store a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for the people and pets in your household, as well as emergency items such as a first aid kit, candles, matches, radio, flashlight, personal hygiene items, warm clothes and blankets.
For more information on replacement windows for your home in Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, Latham, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie or any other community in the Capital Region or Hudson Valley, contact Huff ‘N Puff today. We also offer entry doors, gutter guards, seamless gutters and many other products. Be sure to ask about our affordable financing options!