10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For This Winter
10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For this Winter Winter is coming and that doesn’t just mean we must look out for
White Walkers. Instead, homeowners in the DFW area must prepare for the winter season and the effects it may have on one’s home. These useful tips can help provide you with great insight and useful information to prepare your homes as the winter days approach.
1. STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES
This can be done well before winter weather threatens your home, and will save you from the crowded stores once a big storm is in the forecast. Plan to have a week’s worth of non-perishable food items, medicine, and water on hand. If you have pets, be sure to plan for their needs too! You may never need it, but if the power goes out and you’re stuck at home, you’ll be glad you prepared.
2. PROGRAM YOUR THERMOSTAT
Not only will this help maximize comfort in your home, it can save you up to $180 a year in heating costs. Some high-end thermostats are Wi-Fi-enabled and learn to optimize temperature based on activity when people are home. Set your thermostat for slightly lower temperatures when you are sleeping and gone for the day to maximize your savings.
3. DRAIN THE PIPES
Any outdoor plumbing is more susceptible to freezing and suffering damage. This includes draining all outdoor faucets and rolling any hoses up for indoor storage. Have the pipes for any in-ground sprinkler systems blown out and shut down for the season to prevent any issues once warmer weather comes back around.
4. CHECK THE SEALS
Leaky windows and doors can be a quick escape for heat in your house. Check and replace any weather stripping that is cracked or decayed. Additional drafts can usually be fixed with caulk. Wooden window frames that are starting to decay should be repaired or replaced to prevent additional winter damage.
5. CLEAR THE GUTTERS
If clogged gutters block rain and/or melting snow, you could end up with damage throughout the home. The backed up water can wreak havoc on your walls, foundation and landscaping. If a clogged gutter freezes in a cold snap it can pull away causing damage to the immediate area, including shingles.
6. CLEAN THE GARAGE
Cleaning your garage before winter helps tackle several important tasks. Tune up and store any summer tools, vehicles, and lawn equipment along with storing patio furniture. Use this time to also check the condition of any winter equipment, shovels, and salt you may need if a winter storm comes.
7. FLIP THE FANS
Ceiling fans throughout your home can be your friend in winter as much as they are in summer. Switch the direction they spin to force rising heat back downward instead of pulling it up and away. This is also a good time to clean any trapped dust before you send it flying into the air.
8. FINE-TUNE THE FURNACE
The start of winter is a great time to replace your furnace filter. A dirty filter will make your entire heating system work harder and could lead to other problems. Along with changing the filter, it is a good idea to have your entire heating system checked and tuned up before the coldest temperatures of the year hit.
9. LAY EXTRA INSULATION
Your attic and basement are typically major sources of heat loss in the home. Adding or supplementing existing insulation in these areas can help ensure more heat stays where you want it. If there are any windows in the attic or basement, consider using window film for added insulation on top of regular caulking and maintenance.
10. PREPARE YOUR FIREPLACE
If your home has a fireplace you know the luxury of a nice, warm fire during winter. Before lighting your first fire, check the flue for any potential problems and make sure the external portion of your chimneystack is free of damage. If your damper doesn’t close tightly, the chimney could quickly become a source for losing heat when you aren’t having a fire.
With these tips, you’ll be ready to take on any temperature and enjoy a cozy winter without breaking the bank. Proper winter preparation throughout your home will help prepare you for the worst winter storms, cold temperatures and prevent future problems. Share some of your other favorite tips with us and plan your winter preparation checklist- your family and home will be glad you did!
10 Tips To Get Your Home Ready For this Winter