Tuesday, October 20, 2020

    Real Living -Home

    It’s Time to Weatherize your Home.

    Ladies, home ownership has rewards, but it also has challenges. We encourage and celebrate female home ownership. If you are single and a homeowner, here are some things you may need to do to your home, because the calendar pages are turning fast. But it’s not too late to do some work around the house. Now is the time to wrap up home improvement projects before the weather turns too cold.

    Consider, doing some of these easy DIY projects that can set you up for a warm, safe and pest-free fall:

    Do a routine HVAC check-up and maintenance. Your heating and cooling systems need regular service to operate at peak efficiency. Some things are best left to the pros, but there is a lot you can do on your own to minimize expenses and ensure your unit maintains its performance level. With the breaker and gas off, wipe the exterior of your furnace with a damp rag then remove the access door and vacuum the burners, base and blower compartment. Remove and clean the blower with a vacuum and small brush then use a drinking straw to blow dust off the pilot. Also inspect the flame sensor, drive belt and air filter, and clean or replace as needed.

    Let’s seal drafty areas. The cracks around windows and door frames will give unwanted air to your home. However, you can quickly and easily block the air for greater comfort and reduce your energy bills. If the doors and windows are already finished, start by removing the trim. Prep the area by removing dust and debris. Using a quality sealant like Great Stuff Window & Door Insulating Foam Sealant, apply the foam to fill in about 50% of the gap around the window or door and framework, allowing room for the foam to expand. Wipe away imperfections and let sit 10-15 minutes until it’s no longer tacky. Gently press the expanded foam into the gap using a putty knife.

    Check your home’s exterior. Many elements of your home serve essential roles in protecting your safety, regulating your home’s efficiency and preventing damage. It’s important to regularly check your roof for signs it needs repaired, such as missing or cracked shingles or noticeable sagging. Gutters can also accumulate a great deal of debris from falling leaves. Clearing these before cooler temperatures set in can help ensure rain has a clear path away from your house, protecting the walls and foundation. Also pay attention to other elements like paint that may require periodic updates to maintain its protective function.

    Close entry points for pests. When temperatures start dropping, you’re likely to see some movement with creatures who want to enjoy the comfort of your home. Make it clear they’re not welcome by sealing up places they may be creeping in. Foam sealant lets you fill gaps and openings with a quick bead of foam. If a rodent has an established pathway, try using a combination of steel wool and the foam to deter it from gnawing through the barrier.

    If you’re unsure or unable to do these things yourself, please consult an expert. But get it done!

    Thanks to Family Features for their contributions. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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