It is difficult to predict how severe Greenville, SC winter will be. An overall mild winter season can become a calamity for homeowners due to one ice storm or heavy snow fall. It is best to prepare for the worst and rest easy knowing that you have done all you can to fortify your home and protect your family from whatever winter throws your way.
The Department of Energy estimates that heat loss through and around your windows can increase your heating bill by between 10 and 25 percent. Giving your windows a thorough cleaning lets you inspect them for cracks and missing caulking. Apply weather stripping where needed to keep your windows as air tight as possible.
The mild weather between summer and winter is an ideal time to inspect and perform preventative maintenance on your HVAC. Preventative maintenance on your HVAC not only helps your system operate more efficiently, but may also prevent costly repairs and an unexpected breakdown just when you need your HVAC most. Replace filters and perform a sound check on your units compressor and fan motors. Listen for any banging, rattling or unusual sounds. Have a certified HVAC technician inspect and lubricate all system components. They will also inspect the heat exchanger and flue system for proper operation.
Gutters and chimney
The cool weather is also a good time to clean out your gutters and inspect them for leaks. Make sure they fit snug against your roof and flush them out with water to remove all dirt and debris from the gutters and downspouts. Have your chimney or flue inspected and cleaned as needed.
Whether you live in a neighborhood or rural area, you are still at risk of power outages. Each year thousands of families lose power for days and occasionally longer during the winter months. Purchase a generator to maintain power to essential appliances. Make sure you have some food on hand that can be prepared without electricity.
Advanced planning and preparation will have you feeling less vulnerable to the forces of nature that are beyond your control.