Whether you love winter or you hate it, this cold season is right around the corner. While you’re probably already getting yourself ready (time to break out the hats and gloves!) it is important to make sure that you are also getting your home ready for the cold. Here are eight tips to help winterize your home.
- If you heat with a furnace, be sure to change out the furnace filters or if they are permanent filters, make sure to clean them once a month.
- If you heat with a stove, fully clean out the chimney and the interior of the stove itself before you use it for the first time. Also make sure that the surface of the stove is clean and clear of clutter, and clear anything from the area surrounding it.
- Make sure that all windows have a proper seal, as drafts can reduce the heat in your home and increase the heating bill. Put a draft snake of some sort in front of the door, as most doors do not create a perfect seal.
- Pay close attention to the areas in your home where two different building materials meet, as these areas can often be drafty. Use caulk and/or weather stripping on these areas to create a better seal.
- Consider adding more insulation to the areas in your home that are often forgotten- the attic, pipes, and vents.
- Clean out the gutters before the snow comes.
- Buy a roof rake (if you don’t already have one) and be sure to not let too much snow build up at any point. Snow can be extremely damaging to roofs.
- Prune the trees directly near the house. You don’t want any big branches causing trouble!
No need for the extra cold months ahead to cause you extra stress! These things will help keep your home warm, safe, and could even help cut down on heating costs.
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