How To Prepare Your Home For Winter
Even though it feels like the fall season has just started, it is never a bad idea to get your home prepared for the upcoming winter, because whether we like it or not, it will come! Maybe you are a new homeowner, or have never thought much in advance about how to do this - not to worry - here are some great tips to get you started so you are as prepared as possible!
Heating and Cooling - Getting your HVAC system checked annually can greatly reduce the chance of your furnace breaking down. If you can’t get a professional in, you can still replace the furnace filter to keep the unit running efficiently and to help keep the air inside the house clear of dust, dirt, and allergens. If you have air conditioning, if it’s a portable window a/c, remove it and store it for the season. If you have an external unit, wrap it up with an A/C cover to protect it from snow and moisture buildup.
Inspect the Windows and Exterior Doors - Check for leaks, as adding insulation or weatherstripping around doors and caulking around windows can prevent cold air drafts and help conserve energy.
Clean Gutters and Chimneys - With the trees loosing leaves in the fall and when rain becomes ice, unkempt gutters can become heavy and get damaged. If you have a fireplace, get the chimney cleaned to ensure safe winter-time usage.
Pipes - Freezing water can lead to burst pipes. As a preventive measure, close all the water valves inside your home that lead to outdoor faucets, then drain the outside faucets. Insulate exposed pipes to keep them at a reasonable temperature.
Exterior Safety - Trees, exterior walkways, and porches all pose potential safety hazards over the winter. Trim tree branches that may be near the home’s electrical systems or wires to prevent them from breaking off and causing a power outage or fire. Regularly clear snow and ice from your driveway and other areas that people frequent.
Prepare Your Home and Car Emergency Kit - In the case of a natural disaster, power outage, or car troubles, this will come in handy! Your kit should contain enough supplies to sustain you and your family for at least 72 hours.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Ideally, the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced at least once annually. Ensure your household knows the difference between the sounds of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Check Your Home Insurance Policy - Winter is a great time to review the details of your home insurance policy. Know your limits for things like hail and snow damage etc. Understand your liability coverage for slip-and-falls or personal injury, for you, your family and guests.
Here is to being to prepared, but also to hoping we have warm weather for a while longer!
☕️ Chad Eliason⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀