Your home is your sanctuary and we at Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors want you to protect and preserve your home during the impending winter season here in Pennsylvania. With fall now approaching it is the perfect time to address some basic home maintenance that will give you more peace of mind once the Northeast cold weather arrives.
Checking the outside of your house for peeling or blistering paint can save expensive repairs in the future. By identifying and fixing this before the winter elements hits, you will be preserving the paint film that properly protects the siding of the house
Not cleaning out your gutters before winter leaves a major chance for ice dams to form during the cold weather. Be sure to clean these out by flushing them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets.
One of the least expensive yet most effective maintenance jobs to preserve your house is caulking windows and doorframes. This prevents heat from escaping saving your energy bill for one, but most importantly seals off water & moisture from freezing in the winter resulting in cracks and build up.
Be proactive with roof repairs while the weather is still mild will save you from discovering a leaky roof during a snowstorm. Loose or missing shingles will only get worse during the winter weather so properly secure this first defense of your home.
Make sure to schedule a licensed heating contractor to inspect your home’s heating system before the cold temps. Getting this professional maintenance will help the longevity, effectiveness, and have fewer problems. Also check your fireplace and wood stove for tight seals.
Extend the life of your driveway by cleaning out and repairing cracks with driveway filler, then coating with commercial sealer. This helps asphalt stay in-tact through winter and beyond.
7. CEILING FAN
Creating an upward draft with your ceiling fan by changing the direction it spins will redistribute the warm air from the ceiling. Also cleaning out your humidifiers during the heating season will avoid bacteria and spores from misting out into your room’s air.
8. AIR CONDITIONER
Preserve your air-conditioners over the winter months by vacuuming out internal parts. If you have a window units remove from windows and store, or wrap the outside box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover.
We know how important your home is and want to help you protect it. Contact Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors anytime to discuss all the ways we can help.