As days become shorter and the weather becomes cooler, it can only mean one thing – time to prep your home for winter. Preparing for winter now, can help you avoid problems that the cold weather has in store for your home. Below are a few easy steps you can take, to winterize your home:
Check your batteries – test all of your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and home protection devices. Smoke and fire occur most often in the winter season. So stock up on batteries and tune up your technology devices in case of power outages.
Clean your gutters – Leaves and debris from the previous seasons can clog your gutters, which can lead to serious water and ice problems in the winter. To prevent costly repairs and long-term damage, it is important to clean and clear your gutters before winter strikes.
Check your furnace – Schedule a routine maintenance check on your furnace before using it full-time in the winter. Avoid being left in the cold and have your furnace checked in the warmer months.
Check for cracks and leaks – Dodge cold drafts by sealing any cracks and crevices around windows and doors. Add weatherstripping or caulking to remove unwanted air leaks and drafts. This can also help cut down on your energy costs.
Sweep out your chimney – Cleaning your chimney is crucial to maintaining a safe fireplace as highly flammable creosote can build up. Get your chimney swept early and check the exterior of your chimney for any loose materials or debris that may be hazardous.