8 Easy Weatherizing Tips

Posted on: September 15, 2016

Hard as it might be to think about cold weather here in the Tampa Bay area, it will surely come. For most of us, we can deal with the heat and humidity associated with our brutal summer season. But when it comes to cool weather, we shiver and hide under heavy blankets.

Therefore, it is a good time to think about weatherizing your home for the cool weather just ahead. These tactics will also help during the warm season.

  1. How is your weatherstripping?

    If your home has any age to it at all, you may find that the weatherstripping and caulking around your windows and doors has shrunk, cracked or completely disappeared. Replacing weatherstripping or recaulking around windows and doors is one of the least expensive things you can do – and will produce dramatic, energy saving results.

  2. Check your windows.

    Window technology has come a long way over the past few decades. If you find that your older windows are leaking badly, you might want to consider a modern replacement. In addition to energy savings, adding new windows will typically add value to your home in the long run.

  3. Seal your openings.

    Every duct, wire and pipe that penetrates your walls, floor or ceiling is a potential energy waster. If you find any of these voids, you can seal them easily with foam or silicon caulk.

  4. Seal your outlets and switches.

    Your electric wall plugs and switches can allow outside air into your home. You can purchase and install pre-cut foam gaskets for all your switches and outlets to stop any air leaks.

  5. Close your damper.

    If you have a fireplace, remember to close the damper when it is not in use. An open damper to your fireplace is basically an open window to the outside, drawing outside air into your home. Also, remember to reopen your damper when you are using your fireplace.

  6. Seal your HVAC ducts.

    This is best done by professionals who are trained in detecting and sealing any duct leaks. We encourage you to call the air conditioning professionals at Midway Services to inspect your ductwork and stop any duct leaks.

  7. Check your HVAC system.

    This is a great time to have your heating and air conditioning system checked by the AC professionals at Midway Services. We offer a $59 AC Tune Up Special or discount club that includes regular HVAC, electrical and plumbing inspections.

  8. Check your insulation.

    Over time, your attic insulation deteriorates. Typically, you should maintain 10” – 14” (R-38) of insulation.

We hope that these weatherizing tips improve your knowledge when it comes to securing your home for the upcoming cold weather.

Contact the experts at Midway Services to help assist you in any of these areas!

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