7 Steps to Prepare Your House for Winter

Winter will be here before we know it.  Is your house ready to handle the cold weather?  Listed below are seven things you can do to prepare.

1. Insulation inspection

You should identify and fix air leaks and inadequate insulation in your home’s attic that can lead to ice dams.  Adding additional insulation can also help save money on your energy bills.

2. Caulking around windows and doors

As a general rule, if the gaps between your siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you should reapply caulk.

3. Furnace inspection

You should inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and functioning well.

4. Roof inspection

Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter storms or from melting snow.

5. Gutter inspection

If your gutters are clogged, they should be cleaned to prevent water backup and damage to your roofing, siding and trim.

6. Downspout diverting

Water should be directed far enough away from the home so it doesn’t run back towards the foundation.

7. Replace Drafty Windows

One of the best things you can do is replace your drafty windows with the new, triple-pane, energy-efficient windows that are available today.  You’ll be amazed at how much lower your energy bills will be this winter!

Get an Energy Assessment from Kopke!!!  Our regular price is $99 but we are offering it now for $49.  We have a heat detector gun that we use to test your windows and walls to see where heat is escaping.  When you have us out for an Energy Assessment, we will inspect all of the items above (plus more, potentially!).  We will be able to fix some of the problems on the spot, but ultimately we will give you our honest recommendations and a price quote.

Call us at (586) 777-6633 or click here to fill out our online form and we can meet with you at your convenience.  We hope to hear from you soon!