WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 21, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — To help prepare your home for the winter weather, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers has provided home maintenance tips that are designed to increase energy-efficiency and decrease the chance of emergency repairs.
“Before winter weather sets in, spend some time improving and protecting the inside of your home,” said NAHB Remodelers Chairman Robert Criner, GMR, GMB, CAPS, of Newport News, Va. “Fall is a good time to check mechanical systems and combat drafts. It’s also an opportune time to organize the details of your next remodeling project and save space on the calendar of a professional remodeler.”
With so much to be done to get a home ready for cold weather, here are some home maintenance tips from NAHB Remodelers that don’t require going outdoors.
Check for gaps in insulation or crawl spaces that expose pipes to cold air and the risk of freezing and bursting.
Have your heating system checked by a licensed technician before cold weather requires daily use.
Block drafts around doors, windows and baseboards with weather stripping, window film and caulk to control heat loss.
Install storm doors and windows to improve energy-efficiency and keep drafts at bay.
Get chimneys cleaned by an experienced chimney sweep to prevent the risk of a fire from buildup or blockages.
Spray door locks with powdered-graphite lubricant to prevent freezing and sticking.
Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to force rising warm air back towards the floor.
Learn more about home maintenance and choosing a professional remodeler at nahb.org/remodel.