With the blast of summer fun gone, after the lush foliage of fiery reds and golds have withered… there are lots of things to plan for to make the upcoming domination of snow and frost as cozy as can be. Even before the air turns crisp, one of the most essential thought that you should entertain is how to prepare your home for winter. Other than affording your family the warmth and comfort they deserve, this is also the time when energy costs balloon to some extent. To protect your budget from being busted and your home from possible damages, there are ways to keep homes in top-tip shape to endure the inconveniences of the icy, cold months.
From wherever you are winterizing your home would definitely be worth the investment. Spending time to fix and maintain important components of your house before the first snowflake falls would save you and your home from considerable distress. Here are some winter preparation tips to stick to:
1. Inspect Furnace
Ensuring that your heating system is working at its highest efficiency will make up for optimal comfort in your home as well as hundreds of savings on your heating cost throughout winter. Have qualified HVAC contractor inspect and tune-up your furnace and clean the ducts. Other tasks to do to maximize the efficiency of your HVAC system include:
2. Replace filters if disposable, if not, clean them
If using a hot-water radiator to heat your home, bleed the lower valve by opening slightly to let out some gallons of water. This step will help clear the heater from any sediment that has already settled at the bottom.
Consider switching your old thermostat with a programmable one.
3. Seal, Weatherstrip and Caulk
Check the exterior and foundation for cracks especially those around electrical outlets and pipes that go through the walls, and fill them in as needed. Secure openings like crawlspace entrances and seal up any holes that may serve as entrance points for small animals. Look over weatherstripping and caulking along all exterior trims, especially around windows and doors, if damaged or already pulling away clean up and replace with exterior grade materials.
4. Disconnect and Shut Off Outdoor Water Access
Though simple, many still overlook the importance of this task and the grave consequences of doing so. Plumbing freezes are disastrous. Water expands as it freezes. Copper pipes might not contain the expansion and blow up. So shut off the outdoor faucet and insulate the exposed plumbing pipes. The garden hoses should also be drained as well as disconnected to the house.
5. Roof, Gutters, and Downspouts
Have your roof thoroughly evaluated. Replace and repair damaged and missing shingles or tiles as needed. Make sure to check the flashing to make sure that your home will be free from water. To avoid ice dams caused by warm air going up to the roof when it gets too cold, have added insulation for your attic. Clear away debris that has accumulated in gutters and downspouts and considers installing leaf guards to prevent clogging.