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“Baby It’s Cold Outside…”

Posted by Eva Daly

Mar 26, 2014

 

Spring Weatherizing ChecklistThere’s no doubt about it – it maybe March (and "marching" toward April) but winter has been late in coming and spring is right around the corner – these next couple months will embody both.  While Northern California is finally getting some much needed storms, these storms can wreak havoc on your home and property. Freezing temperatures, cold air, rain and high winds make the warmth inside your house cozy and inviting. At least, that is, when your house is up to the task. Because if its not...baby, that ain't sexy. :0)

Weatherproofing your home isn’t only about staying warm, however. These weather patterns are notorious for busted pipes, leaks, invading pests or furnaces that suddenly fail to function - but weather and weatherproofing your home now helps prevent such unexpected surprises. Additionally, a house that isn’t weatherproofed will consume more energy, and energy costs continuing to rise dramatically year over year. Failing to weatherproof your home will progressively cost you more money on top of repair headaches.

The investments in prevention you make now will save you more, have you worry less and stay comfortable.  You can do this by systematically checking your home’s condition and performing simple tasks around the property to ensure it is weatherproofed.

We here at Peninsula Siding Company (PSC) encourage you to have the exterior siding/surfaces inspected and done to prevent those leaks and make it more efficient.  Additionally, we want to provide you, our customer, with a checklist of “do-it-yourself” preventative tasks that you can easily perform. 

The following is an abridged version of an effective, efficient weatherproofing jobs yourself over a weekend or two. Best of all, this checklist requires little investment beyond your time and perhaps a few basic supplies. Even the cost of additional insulation, if needed, pays off every time you open your utility bills.  And, let's face it, higher bills and home repairs that could have been prevented? That is definitely NOT sexy talk.....

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Inspecting Fireplaces, Wood Stoves and Chimneys

Inspect the chimney, if you have a fireplace or wood stove. Look for obstructions such as bird nests, leaves or pine needles blocking the flue. Place or inspect screen and a chimney cap over the top of the chimney to prevent future problems. (PSC note:  Always have a spotter while on the roof!)

Clean the chimney to remove any creosote buildup. Scrape the ashes and creosote out of the fireplace or wood stove when finished.

* More in our upcoming Whitepaper on Weatherproofing on our website www.psc.com....

Cleaning Your Gutters and Roof

While your up there….(inspecting the chimney) sweep the roof.  Yes, sweep the roof. Sweep all the debris starting at the highest most point all the way down and off the roof. After sweeping, you could also use a leaf blower as well to get any small debris that might be trapped or stuck to the shingles or tiles. That can prevent lifting shingles and/or moss growth, etc. (PSC note re: moss growth:  Get up there w/ a stiff brush and a butter knife or other blunt instrument to scrape off moss, or your house will retain moisture and that is a bad thing). Otherwise, cleaning out the gutters (the next step) will have been for not!

Clean out the gutters completely to remove the accumulation of dirt, debris and leaves. The excess weight of this debris in the gutters will also stress the roof. Plus, accumulating organic matter encourages rot to invade your roof. Typically a shovel or broom – even a hose from the ground in some instances – makes short work of the job.

* More in our upcoming Whitepaper on Weatherproofing on our website www.psc.com....

Servicing Furnaces and Ductwork

Check the house thermostat to ensure it works properly. Replace old thermostats with newer, programmable models that allow you to set a lower temperature while you are away or asleep and raise the temperature only when you need it. According to the Department of Energy, lowering the temperature about 10 degrees for eight hours a day may save you up to 10 percent a year.

Change your furnace filter. Always follow the recommended filter change schedule according to the furnace and filter type. This may vary from monthly to perhaps every six months. (PSC Tip:  Do these the same day as Daylight Savings Time day)

* More in our upcoming Whitepaper on Weatherproofing on our website www.psc.com....

Preparing Your Windows and Doors

Inspect windows to ensure the glass is in good condition and secure in the window frame. Check doors for structural stability. Replace or repair windows and doors as necessary. Upgrading old windows with newer, energy-efficient models will boost your utility savings.

Look for air gaps around window and doorframes. This proves easiest when it’s light on one side of the wall and dark on the other. Fill voids with a little low-expansion spray foam insulation designed for windows and doors. Once the foam cures, it is simply trimmed flush with the wall surface. Doors, especially, tend to leak air from around the frame and trim.

Replace or install weather stripping under entry doors and around windows.

* More in our upcoming Whitepaper on Weatherproofing on our website www.psc.com....

Weatherproofing Your House Exterior

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Rake away leaves and rotting vegetation from your house foundation.

Inspect your house exterior. Squirt expanding foam insulation or caulk into gaps and holes in your exterior house wall, such as around pipes or wires.

Check windows, window wells, etc. surrounding windows. Remove debris and ensure the window is safe from potential damage. Install special plastic window shields as necessary.

Inspect outbuildings and areas such as sheds and crawlspaces. Note any damage or potential problems. Secure windows and doors in these areas.

* More in our upcoming Whitepaper on Weatherproofing on our website www.psc.com....

Baby, it is cold outside....so don't let it be cold inside.  We really do love hearing from you, so please send your comments and questions our way and we'll be happy to answer them.

Tune in next week, when we dive into more detail on “Sexy Talk” about Weatherproofing with Insulation….oooh and ahhhh….Here is a little Dean Martin singing "Baby, It's Cold Outside" for your listening pleasure.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crFQpOCDfEc

  

We really do love hearing from you. Leave us a comment at the bottom of this post. We'll be so thrilled that we'll even answer. 

Steven and Petalyn Albert

S.E.A. & Peninsula Siding

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