How To Get Your Home Ready For Winter
As the days grow shorter and the weather cooler, it’s time to start thinking about home preparation for the winter season. Here are a 6 important things to add to your home to-do checklist:
1. Bring in any patio furniture or other items that might be damaged by the cold or snow.
As the temperatures start to drop, it’s important to take steps to protect your patio furniture and other outdoor items. If left outside, metal furniture can rust, wicker can crack, and fabric can mildew. To avoid damage, it’s best to bring these items inside for the winter. If you don’t have room in your garage or shed, you can cover them with a tarp or storage bag. By taking these precautions, you’ll be able to enjoy your patio furniture for years to come.
2. Inspect your roof and gutters and make sure they’re in good condition. Snow and ice can cause serious damage if they’re not properly maintained.
As any homeowner knows, the roof and gutters are two of the most important components of the house. They help to keep the structure safe from the elements, and they also play a vital role in draining rainwater away from the foundation. However, snow and ice can cause serious damage to these systems if they’re not properly maintained. That’s why it’s important to inspect your roof and gutters every year, and to make sure they’re in good condition before winter weather hits. Keeping them in good condition can help to prevent costly repairs down the road.
3. Check your windows and doors to make sure they’re properly sealed against the cold. Drafty windows and doors can let heat escape and raise your heating bill.
One simple but often overlooked task is to check our windows and doors for drafts. Drafty windows and doors can let heat escape, making it harder to keep our homes warm and driving up our heating bills. To check for drafts, hold a lit candle or a piece of tissue paper next to the window or door. If the flame flickers or the tissue paper moves, there’s a draft. Once you’ve found the source of the draft, seal it with weatherstripping or caulk. This easy check can help keep your home warm and save money on your heating bill.
4. Get your furnace serviced to make sure it’s running properly. You don’t want to be left in the cold when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
It’s important to make sure that your furnace is in good working condition before it’s needed in freezing temperatures. An annual service call can help to ensure that your furnace is running efficiently and that there are no potential safety hazards. In addition, it’s a good idea to change your furnace filter regularly. A clogged filter can reduce airflow and put stress on the motor, leading to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan for your furnace.
5. Stock up on supplies like firewood, de-icer, sand and a good snow shovel.
Firewood can be used as a backup heat source if your home has a fireplace. De-icer (safer alternative to salt) and sand can be used to keep your walkways safe and clear. In addition, it’s a good idea to have a plan for dealing with snow and ice. For example, you may want to invest in a snow shovel or an ice pick.
6. Make sure you have a winter emergency kit in case of power outages or other emergencies.
Icy roads and severe weather can lead to power outages and other emergencies. That’s why it’s important to be prepared. A winter emergency kit is a must-have for any household. It should include items like candles, flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable food, and a first-aid kit. By having these things on hand, you’ll be able to weather any storm. So don’t wait until the next blizzard hits – start stocking up your emergency kit today.
Hopefully you find these 6 tips helpful when preparing your home for winter this year. If you have any questions about your homes electrical system please give us a call!
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