Planning To Renovate
If there are any exterior wood surfaces that need painting;
then paint them now before the temperature dips below the
freezing point. If the paint is peeling off from the wood,
this is a sign of moisture in the wood. All of the moisture
must be removed from the wood before painting. You can purchase
chemicals at your local building supply stores to help dry
the moisture. Using a good quality exterior latex primer and
two or three coats of an exterior grade acrylic latex paint
will give you a finish that should last for years.
If you have a forced air heating system do the following:
Before turning your furnace on have your chimney checked for
any obstructions such as nests or dead animals. A furnace
operating with an obstructed chimney can cause carbon monoxide
poisoning to anyone in the house. High efficiency furnaces
do not use a chimney, they vent through a small plastic pipe
usually going out the side of the house; check this pipe for
nests as well as clearing all foliage that may have grown
around it. Have a technician check your furnace thoroughly;
a cracked heat exchanger in the furnace can also cause carbon
Install new filters, clean the humidifier, and
install a new sponge or cell for it.
If you have a hot water heating system do the
following: Before turning your boiler on have your chimney
checked for any obstructions such as nests or dead animals.
Bleed all of the radiators to remove all air from the system.
Turn the circulating pump on and check that there
are no leaks around the pump. The seals in the pump may develop
a leak if the pump has not been running during the off season.
Turn the thermostat up to a high enough temperature setting
to activate the boiler and make sure that all of the radiators
are getting warm.
It would be a good idea to have a qualified technician
check your boiler or furnace system now, rather than when
it starts getting really cold, because then you may be faced
with a hefty emergency service charge! (Sort of like waiting
for the last minute to buy flowers on Mother's day, if you
know what I mean.)
3) Check all the weather seals on the exterior
doors and windows. Replace any worn seals or door thresholds;
these can be purchased at most hardware stores.
4) Check for any broken windowpanes or failed
seals on thermo-seal units. Moisture between the two pieces
of glass is a sign that the seal has failed and you will have
to get the entire thermo-sealed unit replaced.