Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to prepare your home for the winter season. Getting ready ahead will give you an ample amount of time to make sure that your house is ready for the cold weather.
Here are the 3 Best Ways to Make your Home Winter Ready.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutter should be done every season, especially before winter. It is an important first step to preparing your home for the frosty weather. If they’re clogged with leaves, the debris can freeze into a big, icy mass, which could cause leaks and ice dams and damage your home’s foundation. This will lead to expensive repairs that can be prevented in the first place.
So, after the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Use a tall ladder and gloves to scoop out the debris so water can drain. It is important to have someone with you to help with the ladder for support. Using a leaf blower can help you speed things up but you will still need your hands to finish the job. If you notice that your gutters seem to fill up with debris quickly, then try using leaf guards to keep them clean longer.
Caulk your Windows and Doors
It is important to check your windows and doors for any air leaks so you can seal them. By doing this you can lower your energy bills and effectively block the cold winter air from entering your home.
Therefore, if you see any gaps between the siding and window or door frames you should reapply the exterior caulk. Using silicone caulk would be the best option for exterior use since it is less affected by extreme temperatures – meaning it won’t shrink and will adapt as the seasons change.
Test your Heating System
Perform a routine check of your heating systems before cold weather arrives. Make an appointment with an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) professional to inspect the furnace or boiler and to make sure everything is operational.
Hiring a professional will cost you about $80 to $100, they will clean the furnace and change the filter for you and this will help your systems run more efficiently in the winter months. Plus, doing this ahead of time will save you the chance of being in line for repairs during the winter months.
These are just some of the many ways you can prepare your home for the winter.
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