Don’t wait until the first snow fall to start preparing your home for winter. You can be sure your family will be safe and warm next winter by taking a few simple steps during the warmer fall months.
As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to think of your heating equipment. An annual service contract for your furnace will keep your system maintained and repaired when necessary. Schedule an inspection before the cold weather hits.
Increase the insulation in your attic space. Insufficient insulation can also be the cause of ice dams and cause melting water to back up and enter your house. If you are uncertain of how to check for potential problems, have a home-energy auditor take a look at your attic. This simple step can save you thousands of dollars in repairs later.
Caulk Window & Door Frames
If you find there are gaps between the siding and door frame larger than the width of a nickel, it’s time to reapply exterior caulk. The joints in window frames also need to be checked. These areas are where cold drafts gain access to your home and cause your heating costs to rise.
Clean Your Gutters
Leaves, dirt and other debris collect in your gutters that can cause serious problems when ignored. When water backs up from clogs and winter ice, damage can occur to the roof, siding and trim. Leaks and ice dams can be the result of clogged gutters.
Don’t risk chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have a chimney, get it professionally inspected and cleaned every year. Never use a fireplace or any fuel-burning device before your chimney is cleaned.
Get Stocked Up Early
Winter supplies are expensive and often times hard to get when a storm is on the way. Stock up on ice melt, salt, shovels, snow blower supplies and any other equipment you need to keep your drive and walkways clean and ice-free. Be sure to have your snow blower serviced well ahead of winter.
Use a few of your fall days to prevent problems when the temperatures drop. These simple tips will help you be better prepared for winter when it arrives. Your home will be cozy and warm all winter long.