Ducts should be cleaned once every two years. Homeowners should also consider adding insulation to any exposed ductwork, to reduce heat loss and thereby reduce heating bills.
Before you light that first fire of the season, be sure to have the chimney inspected for animals, debris, and leaves that may have fallen in. We recommend installing a screen over the chimney opening to reduce the chance of the chimney becoming fouled.
Check your weather stripping and bottom door sweeps for wear & gaps. Excessive wear can cause air infiltration resulting in higher energy consumption.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
Clean your gutters & downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to back-up, which can eventually damage the soffits located next to the gutters.
The ridge vents need to be cleaned at least annually in order to allow the house to “breath” correctly, or air can stagnate and create an unhealthy environment.
The average American Home has air leaks that amount to a 9-square foot hole in the wall, according to the EarthWorks Group. While your Sterling Home is much better sealed than the average home, it is still wise to inspect the caulking around windows and doors each year, and check for any cracking and peeling.