How to Winterize Your Home

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We need not worry about how to prepare our home for winter.  There are a number of simple measures we can take to help get our homes ready for this season. 

 

Below are some simple steps that we can take, even during our spare time.   

 

Clean Your Gutters 

Gutters should be cleaned every season, but before winter is the most important time to do this.  Not only can our gutters be pulled right off when they get too heavy from the snow, but snow could also cause water damage from the melted ice that has nowhere to go. 

 

Recaulk Your Windows and Doors 

We should caulk the outside perimeter of our window and door moldings to prevent water damage and heat loss.  Doing this is inexpensive and can be completed in a few hours. 

 

Inspect the Roof 

Winter storms, heavy rain, hail, and especially packed snow can do significant damage to your roof.  It is wise to have a professional come over to check out the roof and make the necessary repairs before winter comes. 

 

Reverse the Direction of Your Ceiling Fans 

Warm air rises, so reversing the direction of fans will create an updraft, which will push down any heated air pressed against a room’s ceiling.  By circulating warm air, heat will be used more efficiently, which could cut energy costs. 

 

Inspect the Chimney 

Burning wood can cause a buildup of creosote deposits inside the chimney.  Creosote is cancerous and is highly flammable.  When enough of it builds up in your chimney, the smoke from a fire can cause it to ignite, which can cause a chimney fire.  Having your chimney inspected can help keep your family and home safe from fire risk.  It would be best to install a steel liner inside the chimney, which will help protect your home in the event of a chimney fire. 

 

 

Clean and Tune Up Your Home’s Systems 

The furnace, whether gas or electric, could run more efficiently in the winter months if a technician comes to clean and tune it up.  The winter season is also a good time to change the batteries of the smoke detector and the carbon monoxide detector. 

 

Cut Back Tree Branches 

Tree branches are at risk of breaking under the heavy weight of snow.  Cutting back branches that overhang your home can prevent roof damage if a branch breaks. 

 

Check Insurance Coverage 

Review your insurance policy to make sure that your home is covered for various kinds of losses or damages.  It is good to do this before the winter.