Living in Santa Monica, CA, you may not give a lot of thought to winterizing your home. The southern California weather remains mild throughout the year, unlike most of the country. You still have a few items to attend to though and Express Financial & Insurance Services would like to help. Winterizing on the southern west coast is easier than in other states, but you still have to know what to do and who to call to get it done. These tips will help you prepare your home for the upcoming drop in temperatures, rain, and morning frost. You’ll save money on heating bills, make your home more comfortable and avoid potential damage from faulty equipment.
Have an HVAC professional inspect and test your furnace. The inspection catches worn or broken parts that could affect performance or blow out while running, causing further damage. They should clean or replace your air filters. They’ll also check your attic vents and air ducts for obstructions and clear obstacles off of them in the attic or crawl space. Pinched pipes need replacing since they restrict air flow. Also, have them patch any gaps found. They may suggest you vacuum your ducts more regularly. You should vacuum them out at least every two years since dust, hair and other items clog them and restrict air flow. You may find this also helps with allergies.
Windows and Doors
Check for drafts. Wherever you find one, caulk the window. Apply weather stripping. Try magnetic or tension seal weather stripping for double-hung windows. A draft lets in cold air and lets out your warm air so you can quickly make your home more comfortable this way. Sealing these drafts and wall cracks can save you up to 20 percent on energy costs.
Have your chimney inspected and swept before using the fireplace. If you have a damperless chimney, have a chimney balloon installed. You’ll stop air leaks and save money on your energy bill.
Check your insulation to ensure it lays flat. A lumpy installation doesn’t provide adequate coverage. You also need at least 12 inches of attic insulation. Most ceiling joists are 11 inches or less, so if you see your joists, you need more insulation. While you are insulating, insulate your hot water heater, too, but with a cozy. Your water will heat faster and it’ll use less energy to stay hot.
Winterizing a Santa Monica, CA home takes less work than in the rest of the country, but it’s no less important. Before winter hits, visit Express Financial & Insurance Services to review your home insurance coverage to make sure its meets your needs.