Prepare Your Home for Cooler Weather
Easy Tips for Winterizing Your Home
Long, hot summer days are being replaced with shorter, cooler ones now that Autumn has arrived. With each new season homeowners should remember there are things you can do to reduce the wear and tear on the exterior of your home and yard. Follow our tips for preparing your home for cooler weather
-Before you use your furnace for the first time, make sure it is working properly by hiring a technician to take a look at it and make repairs if necessary. Furnace repairs can be very expensive so a regular tune-up can help cut down on large repair bills and will likely help you save energy.
Don't forget to check your vents and have a chimney sweep performed before your first fire. Chimney sweeps should be scheduled annually to reduce the risk of fires.
-Check for carbon monoxide. Known as the silent killer, it can be detected with an inexpensive test or battery operated alarm.
-If your heating system uses gas, be sure to call and schedule your propane or oil delivery. Don't wait until the first cold day or you could be put at the bottom of a long list of deliveries and have to wait days.
To ensure snow and rain properly drain from your roof, have your gutters cleaned after the majority of leaves have fallen from trees near your home. More debris than you think gets stuck in our gutters and they can clog water that can damage the exterior and interior of your home.
Frozen pipes that burst can cause major damage. Turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets, disconnect water hoses, and insulate any exposed water or draining pipes that are located in uninsulated areas like crawl spaces.
Take a few minutes to examine the exterior of your home and pay special attention to the roof to make sure your roof is in good condition and doesn't need repairs. Also, check out the trees surrounding your house and make sure there aren't limbs that need to be removed before the snow season begins.
Spending a few hours to examine and check your home before the cold weather comes, winterizing will help you save time and money in the long run. A home is the biggest purchase most people will ever make so take care of it!