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Appleton Wisconsin Home Inspector John Zirzow

John M. Zirzow
Certified Master Inspector

Wisconsin License#2111-106

Seasonal Home Inspection Guide | Homestead Inspections, LLC in Appleton, Wisconsin

Winter Season Home Inspection Guide for Homeowners:

Here is what we recommend:

Attic/crawlspace - As a general rule, if a home has less than 11 to 12 inches of insulation in the attic or crawlspace, it could probably use more insulation to make it more efficient. Use batt or blown insulation for best results. Check with a Lowe's expert to determine the proper R-value of insulation for your home.

Water heater and hot water pipes - Conserve heat and energy by swaddling your water heater with an insulation blanket kit or faced fiberglass insulation. Insulate hot water pipes with preformed foam pipe insulation sleeves if they pass through an unheated area or run under your home.

Seal leaks, cracks, openings in the home

Windows - Remove screens and install storm windows.

Fireplace - Make sure the damper closes as tightly as possible when a fire is not burning to minimize heat loss.

Draft-prone areas - Zip up your home's winter coat by caulking, sealing and weather-stripping around all seams, cracks and openings. Pay special attention around windows and where siding or bricks and wood trim meet. Seal areas near electrical boxes and plumbing penetrations as well.

Ductwork - Look for cracks or air leaks in ductwork and use duct tape to seal them.

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Ensure Proper Insulation

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Window and Door Caulking

Improve indoor air quality

Furnace filters - Change forced air heating system air filters monthly. Make a clean break into winter with a fresh filter instead of using last year's used goods.

Air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators - Regularly dusting off these heat sources will improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Ceiling fans - To save energy during colder weather, activate the reverse setting on your ceiling fans to circulate hot air that rises to the ceiling and blow it back down.

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