Top 5 Tips to Winterize Your HomeOn October 26, 2018
Planting bulbs and raking leaves, cleaning gutters and installing storm windows are all tell tale fall rituals.But what else can you do to prepare your home for winter? How can you make this winter more comfortable and safe? To prepare your home for cold, snow, and inclement weather, buckle down and tackle these home safety chores:
Bubble wrap your windows
Have your windows become old and cold air is leaking through the cracks? Try bubble-wrap. All you have to do is tape bubble wrap on your windows. This will help in trapping the pockets of air that are cooling down your home. Light can come through the bubble wrap,and you’ll be saving a lot on your energy bill. Sounds like a good idea, huh?
Inspect the furnace
Call an HVAC professional and ask them to inspect your furnace and clean ducts. You can even stock up on furnace filters and change them once a year. You may choose to upgrade to a programmable thermostat instead of the regular one. If you do this, make sure to buy one that has the features you need. Update it as needed, as this will not only help you to stay comfortable in your home but also slash your energy bill to a greater extent.
Do you have drafty doors? We’ve got a quick solution for you! Place draft blockers under the doors leading to your garage, basement, or outside. This will keep you comfortable by keeping the cool air out and prevent your furnace from working harder. Who doesn’t like a cheap and easy solution?
Inspect gutters, roof, and downspouts
What are you going to do when the temperature hits the freezing point this winter? Add extra insulation to the attic when there’s still time. This will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof, which can cause ice dams. To make sure the water doesn’t enter your home, check your roof flashing and replace any worn roof tiles or shingles. Clean your gutters and spray water down the downspouts using a hose. This should clear any debris which might cause backups.
Examine the trees that are around your yard. Are there any limbs that you think could hit your car if they broke off during a winter storm? Are there any chances of the dead tree limbs knocking out power to your home in the winter? If your answer to either of these questions is “Yes,” then the best thing you can do is trim those tree limbs before the arrival of the winter. If the limbs are high up the tree, your best bet is to call a professional tree trimmer.
We understand just the thought of home improvement can make you groan!However, if you don’t do these now,you’ll end up doing them in the winter,and the wind and cold will make the tasks a lot more difficult. So give yourself an extra push and start winterizing your home today!
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