Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter

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Temperatures may be dropping outside, but that does not mean they have to do the same inside your home. Proper winterization practices reduce energy costs and can save homeowners from expensive repairs in the future. Check out the following winterization and energy efficiency tips from CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products.

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

Temperatures may be dropping outside, but that does not mean they have to do the same inside your home. Proper winterization practices reduce energy costs and can save homeowners from expensive repairs in the future. Check out the following winterization and energy efficiency tips from CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products.

Insulate

  •     When we get cold, we reach for a blanket or extra layer of clothing. Why not do the same for your house? Extra insulation will keep your home warm and help prevent warm air from rising to the roof and causing ice dams.
  •     Attics are often under-insulated. The attic and attic door should have at least 12-inches of insulation. CertainTeed InsulSafe® SP, a fiberglass blowing insulation, is a good choice that will last throughout the life of the home to reduce energy costs. This insulation also qualifies for federal energy tax credits.
  •     Insulate exposed pipes and faucets. Start with pipes in the outer walls, crawl spaces, attic and garage.

Seal air leaks

  •     Common places with air leaks include fireplaces, electrical outlets and door and window frames. Air leaks allow cold, dry air inside and sealing these leaks is one of the most cost-effective improvements a homeowner can make.
  •     Not sure where to seal? Air leaks may be a problem when a draft is felt or an open gap can be seen. Spider webs, icicles and ice dams may also indicate air leaks.
  •     Verify all cracks around windows and doors are weather stripped and caulked to avoid energy and heat loss.

Prepare Outside

  •     Replace worn roof shingles to prevent the harsh weather from infiltrating your roof. Products such as CertainTeed Presidential Shake™ Impact Resistant shingles are made of the industry’s most durable materials, replicate the look of real wood shakes and offer impact resistance to hail, falling tree branches and other hazardous winter forces.
  •     Clean gutters of buildup and fall leaves to prevent ice damage and dams.
  •     Trim tree limbs that hang over the house.
  •     Shut off and disconnect the water supply to outside faucets and hoses. Also, consider replacing faucets with freeze-proof versions.

Is the Furnace Ready?

  •     Inspect the furnace as early as possible so it will be ready when needed.
  •     Check the furnace filters every month, but be sure to change them at the beginning of each season or every three months.

Still Cold?

  •     Drawn drapes will help keep cold air out.
  •     Use a humidifier in common areas of home. The extra moisture will make air feel warmer and lower risks of suffering from winter illnesses.
  •     Reverse direction of ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. This will pull the trapped warm air down for you to enjoy.

How else can these winterization tips increase savings?

  •     The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act entitles you to an energy tax credit of up to $1500 on energy-efficient building materials like insulation and roofing. For more information, visit http://www.certainteed.com/energytaxcredit/.

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed(R) is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, windows, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

Headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,000 employees and more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In 2009, CertainTeed was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a national award that recognizes environmentally responsible corporations. The group had total sales of more than $3 billion in 2008.

Website: http://www.certainteed.com
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