by Chitra Esther Chelladurai
Fall is in the air and all the vibrant colors of the season are slowly setting in. With all the preparations for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, everyone will be hustling and bustling! One thing you should keep in mind for the fall is to do a home inspection and winterization check for your home.
Environmentally friendly home winterization methods are becoming increasingly popular. According to The Daily Green, making a quick home checkup this fall will save you a roomful of money, not mention make your home safer and more environmentally sound.
This checklist can be a Do-It-Yourself project. Or,if you’re short on time, you can hire a pro to identify as many problems as possible with the eye of a professional. Bob Sisson, a licensed home inspector in Maryland, gives these tips:
- Try inserting a dollar bill in gaps around your windows and doors. If you can do it, it means all your green is going out the window, due to energy loss. A simple trick to fix that can include caulking a variety of inexpensive door/window insulating strips or plastic sheeting.
- Check for dampness in the basement, by duct taping a garbage bag on the basement floor for 24-hours, if you can see the outline of the bag when you remove it, then you have moisture coming through the concrete. Bob says “Wet basements are often the result of something changing; many times it’s that the gutters have filled up or the downspouts are sending water where it doesn’t belong.
- Furnace filters last up to 90 days, but it pays to change them far more often-even once a month- during the heating season. Also, the filter in the hood of your kitchen range can be cleaned by tossing it in the dishwasher.
Although this may not be the most pleasurable thing to add to you to-do list for the fall, it does pay off to check your home. To give you a better footing on where to start, you can look at your past year’s electric bill around this time of year and see what could have been much cheaper. Visiting your local hardware store, like Home Depot or Lowes, will help you get cheaper prices for the materials you need.
Also, if you are unsure how to hire a winterization specialist, you may ask your local hardware store or just Yellow Page it. Simple and easy tricks like the ones provided in this article can end up saving you plenty more in the long run even though it may cost you $500-$1000 initially.
For even more tips, please visit e-How or this premade specialized list at About.com to save even more money!
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
Image courtesy of The Daily Green.