Winterize Your Northern California Home Before New Years? What?

    You may be thinking that here in Greater Sacramento area, even with a beautiful Mediterranean climate that our winters aren’t harsh enough to worrying about winterizing your home! How wrong you would be!

    With winter in Northern California bringing pleasantly cooler temperatures compared to a sometimes baking hot summer, it is the perfect time to get out there and perform some of the annual maintenance tasks that our friends in the midwest and northeast leave until the summer! So it isn’t about Winterizing your home, more an annual service of your home!

    What areas should a Sacramento area homeowner focus on in their annual home maintenance?

    1. Roofing

    Your roof is a key part of your home! Whether slate, tile or whatever your roof construction, inspecting it each year for damage is so important! A new roof can be an expensive purchase and while they don’t last forever, ensuring that you have your roof in tip top shape can save you money in the long run by extending the life of your roof.

    2. Guttering

    When it rains guttering performs a key function for your home. It moves water off of your property and away from it. Check for any clogs, leaves, dirt and debris and clean it out! Make sure your guttering is in good repair too, no broken or cracked sections. New or improved guttering can also help improve your homes curb appeal! So if you don’t have guttering currently, perhaps consider installing it?

    3. Drainage

    Drainage in your home is another key area which you should ensure is performing correctly. Inside your home you should ensure that your bathroom drains are flowing well. If you have septic system it should be checked to ensure it is functioning correctly.  Outside you should ensure that water is flowing in the direction it should, as any water that sits around the base of your home can effect it’s foundation.

    4. HVAC System

    AC is vital in the summer in keeping you cool and heating is crucial in the winter! Make sure that you have your unit inspected by a licensed technician who can ensure that your unit is performing as efficiently as possible. A well maintained and serviced unit running at maximum efficiency will save you money on your heating and cooling costs and extend the life of the unit.

    5. Energy Leaks & Insulation

    Small leaks in cracks between doors and wall are not only things to add to the honey-do list, they also can cost you money over time in lost energy! Your attic is another area where adding extra insulation can help you keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. There is a super quick way to check if you have enough insulation in your attic – go up and look at your rafters, if you can see ceiling joists you can add some more insulation! Wrapping pipes that are exposed in the attic, garage, crawl spaces etc can prevent extremes of temperature and stopping them expanding in the summer and freezing in the winter.

    Overall these small tasks can help save money in the long run and ensure you home remained prepared for the winter, the spring and beyond! So what are you going to work on this weekend on your home in Sacramento?

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