With the recent slush puddles and the incoming sub-zero weather, it is apparent Minnesnowta is officially in full winter swing. We want to help you prepare your home for the winter weather to make sure you save money on your energy bills, and more importantly, that you are comfortable in your home. Grab yourself a pad of paper and a pen – you have some homework to do.
Winter Weather To Do: Locate Leaks
Walk around the exterior of your home and inspect all areas where two different building materials meet. What you are looking for are any noticeable cracks or gaps. Places to look include:
- Water faucets
- The meeting point of your chimney and siding
- Where the foundation and bottom of your home’s exterior covering meet
Now it’s time to inspect the interior of your home. It’s Time For A Lock-In!
First things first, lock your doors, windows, and skylights. Close all the vents and dampers in your home and turn on all the exhaust fans. Now, light an incense stick and find a bean bag chair, lava lamp, and shag rug. Time to put on some groovy tunes. Just kidding, but seriously …. light that incense stick. You are now going to pass the burning incense stick along the openings in each room. This includes windows, doors, fireplaces, baseboards, and outlets. Look for a noticeable change in the direction of the smoke from the lit incense stick. If the smoke continues to rise upwards, you’re in the clear. If the smoke is drawn inwards that means outside air is infiltrating your home.
Make a list that identifies the trouble spots within each room. This will give you a good indication of where to start to begin making your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.
If you are not much of a do-it-yourself and would rather have someone come out to your home to identify these trouble spots, we would be happy to take a look at your property and give you a no-cost energy audit evaluation.