Guide to Preparing Your Home for the Winter Season

by | Nov 22, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

The changing of seasons brings specific home care tasks. Taking care of these items is crucial to ensuring your house stays comfortable, no matter what the weather brings. Skipping seasonal household preparation projects can lead to problems. You could end up with a mess and with a large repair bill, depending on what goes wrong. It’s especially important to take care to prepare your home for the winter season to stay toasty warm and avoid damage caused by frigid temperatures. Read on for some simple tips to winterize your home.

Winterize Your HVAC System

It’s wise to have your HVAC serviced before winter arrives. An HVAC professional can check your system, ducts, and filters to be sure there everything is in proper order. You’ll want to start the new season with a clean air filter. Coils should also be checked and cleaned, as well as interior registers. In addition, your thermostat will need to be inspected to be sure it’s properly set. You don’t want to wake up on the coldest day of winter to discover your HVAC system has broken down. Now is the time to have it checked so that you can proactively address any issues. If your system isn’t up to par, it’s better to make repairs or have a new HVAC installation taken care of now before harsh temperatures arrive.

Drain Exterior Pipes

If you have an exterior water spigot on the side of your home, you’ll want to take care of some preparation to ensure your pipes don’t freeze this winter. Remove your water hose and store it in a shed or garage for the season. Then, you’ll want to drain any water that’s still sitting in the pipes. This step can prevent the pipes from freezing. You may also want to cover your outdoor faucet. You can wrap a rag around it or purchase a cover meant for this purpose at the store.

Check the Foundation

You’ll also want to check for drainage around your foundation. You may need to add more soil where the ground has settled into a low spot. This will prevent the rain from pooling. Repeated freezing and thawing of these pools could cause foundation damage.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters are a problem in the colder months. Leaves, branches, and debris don’t allow for adequate water flow away from the house. To prevent damage to the exterior of your home, be sure the gutters are clear of debris and that water is properly directed. You might need to purchase an attachment to place on the end of the gutter to push the flow outward.

Inspect Insulation

When winterizing your home, you’ll need to inspect the insulation in your attic and crawlspaces. If these areas aren’t sufficiently insulated, a portion of the warm air that rises in your home will be able to leak out through the roof. Not only will you notice drafts, but your furnace will also need to work harder to compensate. Don’t forget to also check the insulation around your pipes in the attic and crawlspaces, as well as around outer walls and in the basement. You don’t want them to freeze.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Running your heater throughout the winter increases risks for fires and carbon monoxide leaks. You’ll want to do regular checks of your detectors to ensure they have strong batteries and are working properly.

Get Your Chimney Swept

If you regularly build fires, you must have the chimney swept before each winter. You’ll also want to have the chimney professional check the damper to be certain that it opens, closes, and seals as it should. Debris and built-up soot are fire hazards.

Caulk and Weather Strip

Drafty windows and doors allow drafts and cause your furnace to be less efficient. You’ll stay warmer and notice lower utility bills if you add caulk and weather stripping around these areas. You can also install plastic around your windows for added draft protection.

Keep these tips in mind as the cold weather approaches. Preparing your home for the winter season now will prevent unnecessary problems from arising so that you can count on staying toasty warm all season long.

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