Now that the warm summer months are behind us, it’s time to prepare for
winter. Regardless of whether you expect to see sub-zero temperatures this
season or you live in one of the warmer climates, preparing your home for colder
weather can save you money and hassle this winter. So before you dig out your
fall sweaters, take a weekend and prepare your home for the cold weather to
Fall is a great time to seal drafts in the home which can suck energy out. Check
around doors and windows and replace worn weather stripping and caulking. If
you use your fireplace for warmth during winter, this is the right time to have the
chimney cleaned and checked for safety. Arrange a furnace tune up complete
with replacing the filter and vacuuming the vents to make sure you are warming
your home efficiently.
Before the chill turns to freezing, head to the yard to winterize the exterior of
your home. Check gutters for clogged leaves and other debris and examine the
roof and siding for any repairs which could create leaks or drafts in the cold. If the
gardening season is at its end, drain water from outdoor faucets and garden
hoses. Make sure the sprinkler system is off and reinforce any exposed pipes
which could burst with the cold.
Fall is here. Along with the smell of baking and falling leaves, you can ensure your
home is ready for winter by taking a few steps now to prepare. Save energy and
the hassle of an unexpected repair by getting some routine maintenance done
before the cold months come.
November 13, 2019