Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Home Heating CostsEven if your city doesn’t experience harsh winters, winterizing your home still helps your wallet. By eliminating air leakage and ensuring proper installation, Bay Area residents benefit from improved indoor air quality, reduced energy expenses, and prevention of costly repairs in the future. You don’t need to be a Bay Area building contractor to take the following steps to winterize your Castro Valley or East Bay home:

  • Look for air leaks or drafts. Doors and windows are the first place to look for air leaks, and closing any gaps or cracks will prevent the transfer of air. Popular solutions include caulk and weather stripping.
  • Check the attic. Attics are vulnerable to wind, water, or structural damage. Review the amount of insulation in your attic, and check for air leaks in the roof and windows. Simply adding insulation may significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Inspect household fixtures. From recessed lights and plumbing fixtures to chimneys and vents, any fixture with ties to the outdoors must be inspected. Repair options vary based on the location and extent of restoration needed.
  • Clean gutters. Part of home winterization involves removing debris from gutters, inspecting them for damage, and making necessary repairs. How well your gutters hold up during changing seasons directly impacts the stability of your home’s foundation.

[See Also: Preparing Bay Area Heating Systems for Winter]

Contact a Bay Area Heating Specialist

Taking the time to winterize your home can save you money, energy, and frustration in the long run. If you’re in need of Bay Area HVAC services, contact the team at B.A. Morrison today at 510-538-9817.

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