All of the predictions are out and they are not looking very promising for us. The winter is predicted to be cold and filled with snow. Before you start unpacking the snow boots and snow pants, there are several areas of your home that you should prepare to weather the storms. With a few simple steps, you can make your home winter ready, allowing you to focus on how you are going to stand yet another Polar Vortex this year.
Clean the Exterior of your Home
As fall approaches, chances are you will have leaves falling everywhere. This means plenty of raking and leaf piles for the kids to jump into on a chilly fall day. It also means that it is time to clean out your gutters and rain spouts, as leaves love to accumulate in these places. If you neglect to discard the leaves in the gutter or rain spouts, it will be difficult for rain and melted snow to drain away from your home, eventually allowing ice to build up and even cause ice dams, putting your home in serious danger of leaks and structural damage.
Warm up your Windows
If you have storm windows, now is a great time to get them out and put them on the windows. This is the time to check for leaks as well. Your windows are one of the greatest culprits when it comes to letting cold air in, forcing your furnace to work harder and your utility bills to be higher. Pay close attention to the weatherstripping around the windows, replacing any that look worn and could cause potential leaks. You should also pay close attention to the window frames, if there is any water damage or decay, now is a great time to repair them before the cold winter air comes.
Get your Furnace Checked
It is always a good idea to have your furnace inspected before turning it on for the winter. Numerous accidents occur simply because a furnace was not properly maintained and/or inspected. In addition, having your air ducts cleaned can also help to keep your home safe as it removes dust, dirt and debris from the ducts that could be a potential fire hazard. As an added benefit, you have the peace of mind knowing that your family is breathing in clean air this winter.
Start now to get your home ready for winter, both inside and out so that you and your family a ready to bravely face the cold winter air this year!