Winter is creeping up fast and there’s a lot to be done in and around the house to make sure it’s ready. Here are a few things you should be doing to winterize your home this fall.
Weatherize your windows and doors
If you can feel a draft when you place your hand near your doors and windows, then cold air is getting in and warm air is getting out. That’s going to strain your heating system and cost you a lot in heating costs so that’s a top concern.
Purchase weather strips for your doorways and insulation kits or weather sealing tape to go around the windows to make them airtight.
Seal up any other gaps
Though doors and windows are the most common culprits, they aren’t the only ones. It’s a good idea to turn on all the lights inside, and do a walk-around at night looking for any light shining through to the outdoors. If there’s a gap where light is getting through, you can bet air is getting through as well. There are spray foams or caulk that you can use to fill in any gaps. Not only will this keep your warm air in but it will prevent rodents looking for a warm place to wait out the winter from getting in your home as well.
Inspect your roof
Warm air can also be escaping through your roof so if it’s been a while since you’ve had a roof inspection, now is a good time for one. The roofer will look for any gaps in the flashing or any cracked or curling shingles that might allow cold air or moisture in. Take care of any needed roof repairs promptly. It might also be a good idea to redo the attic insulation as this will not only keep heating costs down but it can prevent ice dams in the winter as well.
Have your heating system inspected
It’s a good idea to have your furnace looked at occasionally. If it needs a new filter, replace it. If you’re registers have been closed during the warmer months, make sure they’re opened up as closed registers could cause a furnace to overheat not to mention you won’t get good warm airflow throughout your home when your furnace is running.
If you’ve got a baseboard heating system you may want to replace your baseboard radiator covers to maximize airflow and efficiency.
Finally, have your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors checked out as well. It’s unlikely you’ll have any problems but it’s always a good idea to play it safe.
Prep your yard
Most homeowners don’t worry about their yards until spring but by then there might be irreparable damage. When most or all of the leaves have fallen for the season, rake them all up. The combined weight of a thick covering of leaves and snow can kill your grass. Fall is also the ideal time to spray weeds since they’ll take the chemical deeper into its root system this time of year and it will be more effective at killing them. It’s also a good time to fertilize your lawn so that your grass will get a jumpstart growing back when spring arrives.
Source: Globe Gazette
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters, you’re ready to order.