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As soon as the fall season arrives, it’s time to think about what’s coming next. Fall brings cooler temperatures and the favorite argument of all couples everywhere is when to turn the heat on. In addition to that fun debate about whether to turn the heat on or not, the fall season is a great time to start thinking about winter-proofing our homes.
While there are many things to think about when it comes to preparing your home for winter, one of the major parts of winterizing your home that most homeowners neglect is their roof.
On average, a roof lasts about 20 to 25 years. But a roof can need replacement much sooner for several reasons, including hail damage, poor attic ventilation, low-quality roofing materials or poor roof installation. The roof is the crown of the home and if you have any leaks, holes or missing insulation within your roof, then you’re risking the extra costs involved in heating your home this winter season.
A few years ago, we had a really bad storm and hail here in Northern Virginia that greatly damaged our roof so we had to replace it completely. We chose an ENERGY STAR roof because of the many benefits it offers. Replacing our roof was definitely worth the investment!
Since winter is here again soon, I thought it’s the perfect time to remind you all to get your home winter ready. Making sure that your home is more efficient before winter comes means that you need to check every place that heat could sneak out.
Here, I’ve created a checklist to help ensure your home is ready and more efficient before winter comes!
1. Clean the Gutters
During the fall season, when all of the leaves have fallen off, it’s time to check and clean your gutters. Gutters that haven’t been cleaned properly will back up and cause an excess buildup of icicles and water between the roof and walls of your home. This process of having buildup in your gutters during the winter season can cause major damage to the exterior portion of your home.
2. Clean the Chimney
Before you fire up the furnace it’s important to check your chimney and have a sweep come by to clear out any soot leftover from the prior heating season. This is an important step so that a chimney sweeper can inform you of any maintenance you’ll need to complete on your chimney prior to the full heating season of winter arrived.
3. Test all Detectors
Be sure to test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home during the fall season. Blasting a furnace to keep the home warm during the winter months puts a home at a higher risk of fire occurring. Carbon monoxide can consume a home without anyone knowing too, as it has no scent, and often comes from a leak in your heating device. Make sure all of these detectors are in working order.
4. ENERGY STAR-Certified Roof
Having an ENERGY STAR-certified roof will help you keep the cold temperatures out and have your house maintain a more stable temperature during the winter season. The house experts at Sears Home Services know all about maximizing the energy efficiency for your home all year round with ENERGY STAR certified products, which can not only save you on heating costs but could score you a tax credit.
5. Check Insulation
Lastly, you’ll need to be sure that your roof and all walls are properly insulated to hold in the most heat before winter arrives. The best way to get the most savings when it comes to insulation is to check that your attic has the proper rating level for optimal performance at holding the heat in during the winter. Your home services expert should be able to tell you the proper rating for attic insulation.
Using each of these tips on my checklist of how to make your home more efficient before winter comes will save you a lot of cash off your monthly heating bill. Each of the items on my checklist may seem small, but the savings are significant.
Sears Home Services: Offerings and Savings
If you think it may be time to replace your roof, you can call the professionals at Sears Home Services for a free in-home consultation.
If you’re looking for roof installation and roof replacement services that will last a lifetime, Sears Home Improvement has a variety of Energy Star-certified products to choose from. They offer high quality roofing and their premium asphalt shingles withstand the wear and tear that metal and tile roofs cannot claim. They also offer exclusive Weatherbeater® Oakridge and Owens Corning™ Supreme roof shingles that offer some of the best quality and warranties in the industry.
If your home has siding, ask the experts from Sears Home Services about their energy-efficient vinyl siding options too!
Here are great savings offered by Sears Home Services for your next siding or roofing project!
Roofing: Save $500 on Roofing purchases of $1,500 or more. Offer expires 2/2/19. Not valid on prior sales or in combination with any other offer. Purchase requirement before taxes and after other discounts and must be made in a single transaction.
Siding: Save $500 on Siding purchases of $1,500 or more. Offer expires 2/2/19. Not valid on prior sales or in combination with any other offer. Purchase requirement before taxes and after other discounts and must be made in a single transaction.
I invite you to start thinking about winter now, by checking how efficient your entire home is before you get hit with a large heating bill come winter time.