Winter Tips For Knoxville Homeowners

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How to handle winter as a Tennessee homeowner

With the Holiday season now past us, we’ve moved into the colder months of winter. Regardless of where you’re at, the first few months of the year test a home’s durability with cold, wet weather. Sometimes, our homes don’t function as well as we think they should. Energy bills are higher and you can’t quite figure out why. Preventative maintenance can help ensure your home continues to stay warm into the winter, but what else can you do to get ready? To better prepare your home for these tougher months, we’ve put together a few winter tips for you to help improve performance and cut energy bills.

Get An HVAC Tune-Up & Ductwork Inspection

Having your HVAC tuned up will tell you how well the HVAC unit is functioning. A ductwork inspection can help detect if there are any leaks in your ducting, or if certain rooms aren’t getting as much heat.

Check & Change Air Filters

Air filters keep a good amount of dust, debris, and other particles from entering your ductwork and HVAC; but need to be changed regularly to ensure maximum performance. Clogged air filters can limit the amount of air traveling through your home, forcing your system to work harder. Your air filter should be changed approximately every 60-90 days.

Check Window & Door Insulation

As seasons change and homes settle, seals around windows and doors can crack and shift; causing loss of insulation and heat. This can cause a drastic increase in utility bills. Take some time and check your window and doors to see if they are properly sealed and insulated. You can use caulking, weather stripping, foam, or other implements to improve the insulation in your home.

Change Ceiling Fans To Reverse

This seems like a no-brainer, but many people forget their ceiling fans have a reverse function. During colder months, switch your ceiling fan to rotate clockwise. This pulls warm air from the ceiling down, saving you money on your heating bill.

Get A New Thermostat

Smart thermostats are changing the way people heat and cool their homes. These innovative products learn your HVAC habits and self improve over time; saving your money on utility bills during summer and winter months. If you’re not ready to spend the money on a new thermostat, you can reprogram your current thermostat to be a few degrees cooler during night hours, or when you’re away from the home.

Following these tips can help save you money and frustration during the colder months. If you’ve tried these steps and still struggle with preparing your home for winter, fill out our estimate form to see how we can help you and your family stay warm and comfortable.

Benefits of Gutter Cleaning

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Why should you have your gutters cleaned?

Gutters perform an important service but are an often forgotten piece of our home. By the time most of us see a problem and consider cleaning the gutters, it may already too late. Heavy rain, snow, or even a windy day can fill uncovered gutters, causing multiple problems. Dirty gutters can lead to clogs and overflow, damaging your house in the process. This blog will go over benefits of cleaning your home’s gutters, and how it could save you future headaches.

Winter Gutter Cleaning

If you’ve ever witnessed a frozen pipe burst open, you probably know it can cause some serious damage. If you’ve ever witnessed a frozen pipe burst open at your house, you definitely know how much damage is causes. Frozen guttering can be caused by heavy rain, snow, or sleet falling in your gutters, freezing to debris, and clogging the downspout. If your guttering freezes, excess water has no way of escaping your roof without causing damage. On top of freezing, excess water runoff can leak into the attic, damage siding, and damage walls, costing you far more in repairs. Cleaning your guttering before or during winter may be cold and unpleasant, but could save you money and frustration down the line.

Spring & Fall Gutter Cleaning

Spring and Fall often bring heavy rainfall and strong winds. These conditions can create problems for gutters when not properly maintained. During a strong storm, gutters collect dirty and debris that fill the downspout. Water gets trapped, begins to pool, and can separate seams, warp gutters, or damage roofing. Doing periodic inspections of guttering can prevent this from happening next time a big storm rolls through.

Gutter Cleaning Options

Depending on where you live, accessing gutters could be prove to be quite tricky. Safely setting up and using your ladder might not be possible. When you need gutters cleaned, but aren’t able to do it yourself, I can help. I provide gutter cleaning services designed to fit any home. I can clean your gutters of debris and ensure they are performing as designed. If you’re interested in getting a estimate for gutter cleaning, fill out my form to get started.