Fall is that time of year where leaves change color, the days grow shorter, and your home needs to have its insulation checked on. This is the opportune moment to have your home looked at and make sure that your systems are in check. So take a quick scroll through this list and figure out which insulation tips work for your home.
Service your Heating System
Make sure you have a professional come by and check out your heating and cooling systems. While this may sound like a no brainer, having optimal efficiency in the home can seriously decrease the amount of energy required in the home while ensuring that everything is working as intended. So get in touch with a pro as soon as possible.
Essentially heating in your home boils down to:
Clean out those Gutters
While it may not seem like a major threat to insulation, gutters are the only thing keeping your home from a rain invasion. And to forget to clear them out can lead to water damage issues for your house. So stay insulated from any moisture issues and have them cleared out before the fall is over. If you’re shakey on ladders just hire a pro.
Check the Plumbing
”Acting is not an important job in the scheme of things. Plumbing is. ” -Spencer Tracy
While transitioning into the colder months, be sure to check on your pipes and plumbing. It might sound boring, but it is important. Ensuring that your pipes are working as intended is a crucial part of homeownership. And besides the point, a simple check in can potentially save you money later on if you find an issue.
Caulking and Sealing
In terms of insulation, caulk is the icing on the cake. Just be sure to caulk all around your home, making your home sealed tight as a drum. Seal the cement in your foundation to provide further insulating benefits. You can only succeed in making your home more insulated. Caulking and sealing can make your home far more energy efficient.
Inspect your Carbon Monoxide detectors
Another part of insulation for your home is checking up on your detectors. Make sure that your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. This is especially true if you’re using older models, as newer ones tend to give you some warning when the battery is running dry. Just make sure the light is on and the sound works when a battery is installed.
Get a Chimney Sweep
Sometimes insulation isn’t just about the interior, sometimes you also need to make sure any heating or cooling units are working properly. For most homes, this means having your chimney properly swept up. Not only will this make sure your fireplace is functioning as intended, but it also means that you won’t have to worry about any soot build up, smokey rooms, or worst case scenario, fires.
Insulating your house means a lot of things, and is not limited to just the insulation. So check in with professionals to get the most out of your home’s energy efficiency. Your home can be made to run for total optimization and save you money on your heating and cooling bills. So check in with the checklist to get started.