Seasonal Tips

Spring

1) Install storm windows.  Storm windows will protect your regular window glass from summer storms. And they only take about 10 minutes to install.

2) Give your AC unit a tune up. Whether a wall unit or a central air unit, make sure your AC is working properly and efficiently for when the warm summer months come around.

Summer

1) Install insulation. Although this seems like a foolish job in the middle of the summer, the cold fall and colder winter months are right around the corner, and knocking it out quickly checks one more thing off your list.

2) Install a gutter cover. When the leaves begin to fall, inevitably they’ll somehow all find a way to get into your gutters. Installing a gutter cover prevents a majority of those leaves get into your gutters, making your job of cleaning the gutters in the fall easier.

Fall

1) Tune up your boiler. Giving your boiler a tune up before the temperature drops too low will make it run more efficiently, which will add years to the boiler’s life.

2) As the temperature continues to drop, have your chimney checked and cleaned, if necessary.

3) Clear your gutters. After all the leaves have fallen, it’s best to clear your gutters. If you don’t the leaves will dam up the water which will freeze when the winter comes. The freezing water may crack your gutters, forcing you to replace the whole system in the spring. But, if you’ve installed a gutter cover in the past, clearing the gutters should be fairly easy. And having them clear will give you on less thing to worry about when the heavy spring showers come around.

4) Remember to drain your sprinkler system. A cracked sprinkler pipe isn’t a problem anyone wants to deal with when spring starts.

Winter

1) Install a programmable thermostat. If your house doesn’t already have one, installing a programmable thermostat will take a large amount of guesswork out of heating and cooling your home. Programming the temperature to drop while you’re away and rise when you get home will save you both money and heat.

2) Check for icicles. Icicles hanging off your roof indicates poor insulation in the roof. If your house is not properly insulated, heat will escape and melt some snow on your roof. the water slides down your slope until it hits the roof’s overhang, where it’s cold again. The water will refreeze creating an icicle. Find the icicles around your house to find where your roof should be insulated. Then – insulate your roof.

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