Oregon homeowners can experience a variety of elements when it comes to weather and our home’s exterior is the first line of defense against these weather conditions. It is a good idea to complete a Home Exterior Checklist before winter weather arrives. This will help bulletproof your home’s exterior from the harshest Oregon weather. When the weather does turn cold, it can have you cranking up the heat in your home and, therefore, escalating your energy bill. If your desire is to save money but remain comfortable, try these tips:
- Weatherstrip Doors and Windows— Heat continually escapes from uninsulated doors and window frames. Weatherstrip the exterior of these surfaces to prevent excessive air leaks.
- Caulk Around Window Frames— Sealing your window frames with new caulking is another great way to keep cold air from making its way into your home or losing the heat inside. Remove all old caulk before applying the new layer.
- Put Your Curtains to Work— When the sun is out, let it heat your space by opening your curtains. When it’s dark and cold, close your curtains to trap heat inside. Invest in thermal curtains for even greater insulation.
- Reverse Your Ceiling Fan— Hot air rises, so reversing the direction of your ceiling fans will pull the cool air upward, helping it to mix with the warmer air and heat your space.
- Leave Your Oven Open— Utilize the heat from your oven. Once you have finished cooking or baking, turn your oven off and leave the door open to allow the excess heat into your home.
You don’t have to spend this winter compromising on comfort or savings. Our team of experts can help inspect your home’s exterior to make sure it’s in top shape for winter weather. Contact us for a free consultation on a quality exterior inspection to give your home the leg up it needs this winter.