The cold weather of the winter months is soon to be here. Is your house ready for it?
Here are eight things you can do now to ensure your home is ready for the winter season:
Trim the trees
Preparing your house for the winter season means securing it from the weather. If you have trees near to your home, get them trimmed and then keep an eye on limbs after snowstorms when branches and limbs can come to be heavy and a lot more susceptible to causing major damage to your home’s roof, siding and windows.
Protect your flooring
Entranceway floor covering can really deteriorate when the weather is cold. Between the snow, ice, salt and slushy mud, entryways are where the house meets the weather. Boost the durability of your floors by using flooring mats inside and out. Provide a boot brush outside to get rid of excess snow and other debris. The more you can take off outdoors, the less mess you will have inside.
Get your furnace checked
HVAC professionals suggest doing an annual furnace assessment and adjustment. Servicing your heating system extends its life and helps you to conserve energy. A furnace check up will reduce risks to your family’s health and wellness. An inspection will ensure your system is clean and in great repair. A maintenance call is better than an emergency call. The last thing you want is to wake up without any heat in the house!
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan
Save on heating by reversing the direction of your ceiling fans. Heat rises after all. This is especially valuable in areas with high ceilings. And you can keep the air moving by running your furnace fan all year round.
Check batteries in the smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors. We always forget to do this yet it is especially vital throughout the wintertime when we keep our windows closed and use wood-burning fireplaces.
Look for air leaks
If an area feels draughty, maybe you have air leaks coming in around your windows or doors. Prepare your house for wintertime by weather-stripping and caulking any type of little cracks and open spaces. Caulk around outdoor hose bibs and vents.
Insulate your hot water heater with an insulating blanket. Insulate all exterior electrical outlets and switch plates with spray foam insulation. If you do not use your fireplace, see to it you obstruct the cool air from coming down the chimney. You can insulate your fireplace by stuffing a piece of fibreglass insulation into the fireplace behind the glass doors and up into the chimney.
Protect your pipes
If your pipes touching the outside walls are prone to freezing when the temperature drops, leave faucets trickling a little. If you’re going away do not turn the thermostat lower that about 10C.
It is not too late to prepare your house for wintertime! Keep your biggest investment safe from the elements. Improve your home’s energy efficiency, and try to enjoy the warmth, safety and comfort of your home all winter.