This winter of 2013-2014 seems to be much more severe than previous winters. Is this a systemic reality we will have to live with? Lets hope not!
A couple of things to keep in mind when thinking about controlling the cost of heat while maintaining a good comfort level. The cost of heating commodities seems to be always increasing, therefore, it is very important to make sure your house is properly insulated, caulked, weather stripped and of course have properly installed windows and exterior doors. With tax returns coming our way, maybe new windows and doors are a good option this year. Don’t forget its not only about controlling heat loss but also to enjoy a certain comfort level in a room with no drafts! Another way to save money is to invest in a high efficiency unit to replace your 15-20 year old furnace and/or hot water heater.
I know most of us have been shoveling snow and laying down salt. Lets think about how to clean off the corrosive salt residue off siding, woodwork and masonry. The best option is to use clean water and a stiff brush (non wire type). Because of the cheaper price for common rock salt, it is commonly used on your steps, walkways and driveways. Salt is very corrosive, especially on your exterior finishes, such as, masonry. I recommend once all the snow and ice melts away and hoses are thawed, wash down the lower section of the house close to the drive and walkways where the salts were used. Plain water and a stiff bush should be all you need. On masonry, you may need to do this more than once. I do not suggest using a power washer because it can be damaging. There are other products for removing salt residue, mold and etc., but always completely read the manufacture’s instruction before using any of these products to make sure they are right for you and your home. Always think about personal safety and home protection when using any cleaning products!
Don’t forget to clean out your gutters and clear the downspouts before the spring rains start. (Always think safety when using a ladder or going on a roof! A second hand is useful here.)
Don’t forget a ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure!
These services are offered by Gosser Construction Company
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Written by – Mike Gosser