One day it is 11 degrees, and the next it is 65. Despite the fluctuation in Mother Nature, winter will inevitably be here, and it is important that your home is ready for the harsh cold to come. Here is a list of some ways to prepare yourself for the upcoming winter months:
- Check your homes furnace and heating system. The last thing you want is for your heat to go out when there is a foot of snow on the ground. Make sure it is in good working order before the cold comes.
- Keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Take a look around your home for any drafts. These can be coming from doors, windows or even attic stairs. Take care of this now so you are not in a rush later.
- Clean your gutters! A clogged gutter can cause excess rain to stick around, later turning to ice. Not only can the weight of the ice destroy your gutters, but melted snow and ice that has nowhere to drain may find its way to seep into your home (which is important to keep an eye on year round)
- Check your chimney. Be sure to have a professional clean your chimney so as to not have any fires, and be sure that nothing has made a home at the top of your chimney outside. Chimney fires originate from excess soot, bird’s nests or resting leaves. Also be sure to close the chimney flue to keep the cold air out.
- Examine your ductwork. Ducts and vents are responsible for 20% of air lost moving through the ductwork.
- Don’t forget about your outside water sources. Be sure that everything is properly winterized, including your hose bibs. You do not want those items freezing.
- Finally, check your roof for potential leaks. If you find any, get them fixed now!