Helpful hints to get ready for winter.
We had our first big storm of the season here in Southern Maine a few weeks ago, a true Nor’easter. Even though it was only rain this time, wind gusts hit 60 mph and power outages affected more than 180,000 homes in the area. And now that we’ve set the clocks back for Daylight Saving Time, it’s unavoidable: winter is on its way. With weather forecasters already speculating about when the first snowflakes are going to fall, we put together this helpful checklist of our favorite winterizing tips to get your home ready for the coming cold.
- Clean up the yard – rake up fallen leaves and branches, and securely store grills and outdoor furniture.
- Clear out gutters so they’re ready to handle melting ice and snow.
- Apply a fresh coat of sealer on decks to protect from the elements.
- Change the oil in your snowblower and make sure it’s working properly.
- Check the fireplace flue and chimney – ensure the chimney is clear before building a fire. Make sure the flue closes all the way and there are no drafts.
- Clean vents and change furnace filters – dirty vents and filters mean your furnace has to work harder, driving up heating costs.
- Put together emergency supplies in case of power loss:
- Flashlights and lanterns, with fresh batteries
- 2-3 days’ worth of nonperishable food and water per person in household – don’t forget about pets! Keep a can opener, scissors, and/or a small multitool with these items, too.
- First aid kit – including any medications household members or pets need.
- If you have young children, having some activities like board games and coloring books at the ready can be a lifesaver!
And here’s our personal favorite winterization tip: replace those drafty windows and doors! According to the US Department of Energy, heat gain or loss through windows is responsible for 25-30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. Don’t let your hard-earned money literally fly out of your inefficient windows! The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) states that replacing old windows with ENERGY STAR® windows can save up to 22% on your home energy costs. This year, Renewal by Andersen earned the 2019 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for the fifth time. With our High-Performance Low E-4® SmartSun™ glass that’s 47% more energy efficient in winter, upgrading your old, inefficient windows, patio doors, or entry doors with our energy efficient solutions can keep you warmer and reduce your heating costs!
Don’t wait until your fingers are too cold to dial – call us today at the number above, or simply fill out our Contact Us form, and let us help you stay warm this winter!