With winter just around the corner, you will once again prepare your home for the cold and frosty climate. Some winter preparations require professional help, thus you should ensure to make your reservations ahead since calendars will tend to get full several weeks before winter comes.
Nevertheless, there are several things you can do on your own to prepare your home for the colder months. Simple steps such as weatherproofing your home could help you save hundreds of dollars every year on energy expenses. When you prepare your home for winter, you need to have sand, batteries, storm, rock salt, windows, snow shovels, weather stripping, caulks and insulation.
The following are some tips in winterizing your home:
Consider adding a second insulation to your attic. The R-30 is considered the minimum, especially if your home is new. Nevertheless, for an older home, it is necessary to add insulation.
Caulk around the door glass, windows, and exterior trim. Replace or install weather stripping on doors and windows and look for cracks around pipes and electrical outlets on both interior and exterior walls.
Consider purchasing storm windows if your windows are old and not made of modern insulated glass.
Get the heating system checked by a licensed heating and air conditioning professional. Most furnace manufacturers recommend inspections at least every year.
Clean and check out the gutters if needed. Clogged gutters could result in basement flooding when the snow begins to melt.
Make it a point to replace damaged roof or shingles.
Get the chimneys inspected through professional service and have them cleaned if necessary.
Check the foundation for areas where water could puddle.
Trim back tree branches away from your home and have dead branches and trees removed by you or a professional trimmer.
Make sure that you have snow shovels, rock salt, sand and other items you will need during winter in your home.
Check out for cracks where heat could escape around the doors, windows and use caulk to fill gaps.
Replace or change the furnace filter. This does not only make the furnace work more efficiently but also traps more allergens and dust.
Make certain that you clean the gutters since gutters that are full might lead to a water back up in your home, causing mold, water damage and deterioration.
Make sure that all the water from the gutters run away from your home by at least three to four feet. Pooling water near your home could cause damage to the basement.
Drain or flush the hot water heater in your home.
Check out your basement for cracks or leaks and seal if needed.
Do not forget to clean out you garage and store all lawn furniture before it becomes too cold for you to move or maintain them.
The tips above are just some of the ways to prepare your home for the coming of winter. If you follow these tips, you will get to enjoy winter and the holidays more.
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