It is important to continuously maintain your home in order to avoid costly repairs down the road. This is especially important during the fall and winter months when our houses take the worst beating from harsh weather. Here are 11 tips to get your home winter ready.
1. Seal in the Heat. Caulk around window frames to eliminate air leakage. Also seal gaps and cracks around doors with weather-stripping. Keep the warm in and the cold out.
2. Get a Clear View. Washing your homes windows before rain and snow start to fall will help repel dirt and grime buildup from the elements keeping your view clear.
3. Protect Your Pipes. Check pipes for leaks then wrap them in a designated insulation to prevent them from freezing during the cold months.
4. Insulate Yourself. Add extra insulation to the attic and other storage areas to keep the warm air in longer which saves on the utility bills.
5. Get Your Mind in the Gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
6. Take a Look at the Roof. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
7. Chill Out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
8. A Breath of Fresh Air. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
9. Give Your Furnace a Checkup. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
10. Clean that Chimney. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
11. Keep Your Family Safe. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.