Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

With shorter days and cooler weather on the way, it’s time to get your home ready for the long winter ahead.  There are several tasks that you may want to complete not only to keep your home warm but safe as well.

Clean the Gutters

As if the weight of wet leave and other debris wasn’t enough, now you will be faced with the prospect of adding the weight of ice and snow as well.  If your drain is blocked by wet leaves, it will make it difficult for water from melting snow and ice to drain from your gutters.  The additional weight may cause them to come loose from your house and fall to the ground.  If they remain attached the water may overflow near the foundation causing water to enter your basement.  If you are unable to perform this task, hire a professional and make sure that he has insurance to protect you in the event he causes damage to your property.

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

This is the perfect time to change the batteries and to make sure that your equipment is fully functional.  This simple task will not only help protect your home but may keep your family safe.

Hoses and Pipes

Your first task should be to drain and disconnect all outdoor hoses.  This will protect them from water damage and freezing.  If your home has a shutoff valve leading to your outside spigot it should be turned off.  You may want to purchase Styrofoam covers for the outside spigots to prevent damage from freezing.

Doors and Windows

Loss of heat through windows and doors can add up to 30 percent to your energy bills.  Check your doors and windows for drafts.  Look for cracks and gaps in the caulk and weather stripping.  Check seals around exterior doors.

Repairs to caulk, weather stripping, and door seals will not only help keep your home warm and cozy in the cold winter months but, can save you on energy bills.

Furnace Maintenance

The Fall season is the perfect time to have your furnace inspected and serviced by a professional.  Inspecting and cleaning your furnace should be done every year to keep it in good working order and help avoid costly repairs. This is also a good time to change the filters which will improve the air quality in your home.