New Jersey, like much of the northeastern United States, sees high utility costs during winter. No one looks forward to it, but there are things you can do to lower it, and one is a process called winterization. It is far simpler than it sounds, and once you have it done you will be pleased with your lower energy bills.
What is Winterization?
Winterization is a process that involves preparing one’s property for the winter. One of the most important steps in this process is keeping the cold air outside from impacting the warmer air inside. Homeowners will perform sealing and insulation to restrict airflow and identify the leaks inside the building which are causing problems. Hot air moves upward, which means that during winter the air inside the home which you heat up to keep warm will lift up. Since air is a gas, small gaps will allow it to escape. The goal of winterization is to keep this from happening.
Why Should You Get Winterization?
For one, winterization will provide you and your family with a higher quality of life. You will be nice and warm while indoors during winter, and when winterization is performed outside on your pond, water garden or landscape your plants, fish and other animals will be protected. The American Department of Energy has confirmed that air drafts are responsible for about five to thirty percent of housing energy being wasted. However, by hiring a professional to come to your house to perform winterization, this waste can be significantly reduced.
Aside from keeping your family warm and lowering your monthly energy bills, winterization will also eliminate mildew and mold. This is largely due to the connection that exists between winterization and drainage. Mildew and mold are the result of foundations which are porous, which is common in older properties. These houses will almost always have moisture problems and those that reside in them will often need to use a sump pump or dehumidifier. Air filled with moisture that is allowed to enter the building will condense, but good sealing and installation will prevent it.
A final benefit of winterization is superior air quality. This is indispensable in cities which already have issues with smog. Homeowners should have their homes inspected, particularly the heating duct or furnace. If you find that these are dirty or aging, it will adversely impact the air you breathe.
Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Winterization?
Whether you need winterization for your interior or exterior space, Fitz’s Fish Ponds can get is done. We can ensure your water garden or pond is prepared for the winter months, but we can also evaluate the inside of your home to locate spots which are leaking and then work to get them sealed and insulated. The three areas that we will assess indoors are the doors, roof and windows, and once we’ve done this we will create a checklist that can guide you in determining which areas need to be corrected. Contact us today to learn more!