Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
It might be difficult to imagine right now, as we've had unseasonably warm weather here in Lawrence the past few days, but winter is right around the corner. We will soon be switching out our flip-flops for boots, and the peppermint mochas are already at Starbucks! It's time for homeowners to start prepping his/her home for winter. Prepare your home now to save on your electric bill in a few months.
Fall is the ideal time to have your heating system checked by a professional to make sure everything is in working order. The heater's air filter should be cleaned and/or replaced before the first frost and if you don't have a programmable thermostat, consider investing in one before winter strikes. Contrary to popular belief, turning off your heater when you're not at home does NOT save you money or energy. It takes a lot to reheat rooms back up. Investing in a programmable thermostat will keep your costs even throughout the winter. Need advice from the experts? Talk to our friends at Dunco Heating and Cooling! Tell them the guys at Green Factor sent you.
It's best to check out the roof before the snow starts piling on. Inspect for loose or missing shingles and call a handyman to assist if need be. While you're up there, be sure to clean out the gutters to prevent blockage and leaks into the home later. Looking for professional help? We recommend Appelhanz Roofing!
Drain water from the water hose and outdoor faucets and contact your sprinkler system company to prepare your system for winter. Identify any problem pipes that might be prone to freezing and ensure that everyone in the family knows how to turn off the water to prevent pipes from bursting.
For everything else, just call us! One of the biggest hits on energy bills in the winter comes from heaters working overtime to warm a home that is under insulated. We will identify any problem areas in your home and offer recommendations on getting things sealed and ready for winter, so your home stays nice and toasty. We will check the windows, attic and air ducts to make sure everything is sealed properly to save you money and keep your family warm.