It’s time to prepare for the winter season. While a thick winter coat, cups of hot chocolate and extra blankets might be enough to get you through the cold, your home needs some extra help to be prepared for colder temperatures.
Here are 5 things you can do to:
1. Clean Gutters
Cleaning leaves, twigs, dirt and other debris out of your gutters will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later that can clog your gutters and damage your roof. While the weather is still warm, you’ll want to take an afternoon and make sure your gutters are clean of debris.
2. Inspect the Furnace
Ensure that your furnace is in good working order. Make an appointment for a service professional to come out and give your furnace a full inspection and fix any issues before they become big problems. Don’t forget to replace your filter every 3 or 4 months!
3. Insulate Pipes
Insulating your pipes is easy and is one of the least expensive ways to winterize your home. Wrap your pipes (focus on the ones near outside walls or in the garage) with foam insulation tubes. You can get pre-slit pipe foam at most hardware stores. Cut it to size and fasten in place with duct tape. Insulation will help to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting due to the cold.
4. Seal Doors and Windows
If you can see daylight peeping through any of the edges of your doors or windows then you can expect to lose heat through those gaps when you turn on the heat. Fill in the gaps with caulk to better seal your home, save money on heating bills and avoid possible mold growth from condensation build-up. Remember to clean and dry the area thoroughly before applying the caulk!
5. Winterize your sprinkler system
Have a professional flush the water out of your sprinkler system. Install covers on your outdoor hose faucet(s). Many of the new homes come with hose faucets specifically designed not to freeze.