We serve a large region, and some of our clients deal with more harsh winters than others. Those who live in areas like Charleston, SC, for instance, generally enjoy temperate winter months, but those who reside in mountain towns, such as Asheville, NC, and further north in the Richmond, VA area experience snow and cold temperatures on a regular basis. If you live in a region that deals with winter weather every year; you might be wondering what you can do to keep your home as warm and comfortable as possible until spring rolls around again.
That’s why this guide was written! As you read on, you will discover some helpful information that will teach you what you should do to winterize your home this year. Bear in mind that not all of these steps need to be taken annually, but you should revisit all of them at least every five to ten years.
Replace Old Windows
Older windows that were not designed with energy efficiency in mind can lead to shocking amounts of heat loss in a residential space. If you’ve noticed your heating bills skyrocketing over the past few years or certain spots in your house seem to be cold all the time, your windows could very well be to blame. Replacing old panes with new, EnergyStar rated ones is a great way to warm your home up before winter hits this year.
Replace Old Doors
As with windows, old doors can lead to a lot of lost heat. This is due to a number of factors. Sometimes old door frames can actually pull away from your home’s walls due to natural settling. In other cases, doors that were installed many years ago simply aren’t as energy efficient as modern options. If you think doors in your home are causing problems, replace them with EnergyStar rated upgrades and invest in storm doors, as well.
Think About New Siding
Although even the least expensive vinyl siding should last a couple of decades, there’s nothing wrong with evaluating if siding that is technically still viable should, in fact, stay on your home. Siding has come a long way in recent years and today’s varieties, such as Hardieplank fiber cement siding, are much better insulators than their predecessors. If you’re in the middle of a major renovation anyway, this might be the right time to consider updating your siding.
Furthermore, make sure you have your contractor take a look at your insulation and replace it too if it’s getting worn out. It makes more sense to do siding and insulation together than to try to do them as separate jobs.
Seal Any Known Cracks and Holes
Cracks and holes often appear in basements and attics, especially if they are unfinished. These can let a lot of heat out and a lot of cold air in. Have a professional contractor inspect these areas for problems and make sure any known cracks and holes are sealed before he or she leaves your property. It’s a good idea to keep photographic records of filled cracks and holes, just in case you ever need to find them again in the future.
Update Certain Appliances
Some appliances directly impact how warm your home stays. Changing out an old furnace for a new, energy efficient model is a great idea, for instance. Furthermore, replacing old space heaters with brand new ones and investing in a new water heater will all reduce your utility bills and improve your lifestyle in the wintertime.
If you’re ready to get your home prepped for winter, let the Hatch Homes team know today. We’re excited to hear from you and look forward to working with you to make sure your house stays as comfortable as possible, even during the coldest months of the year!