Fall is a good time to start winterizing your home. While this may not seem like the most exciting thing to do, it’s important to do it while outside temperatures are still moderate. Here are a few tips on getting your home ready for winter:
October is a good time to do yard work and carry out any small repairs that need to be done. One important task is to have the gutters cleaned out. If there is a lot of debris in the gutters during winter, it can freeze, weighing down guttering which can then cause damage. Make sure that the sprinkler system is drained of water and air as this could cause cracks when temperatures are low damaging the system. Cover all outdoor furniture.
We all know how important the home heating system is during winter so take some time now to test it. A simple way to do this is by turning the thermostat right up and notice how long it takes the system to respond. If it seems to take a while, you may want to have it looked at. Replacing air filters is another good idea. If the home is heated with oil or propane, fill the tank now before its needed. It’s also the best time to have the fireplace and chimney inspected so that it is safe to use when the time comes.
Plumbing systems can be prone to damage when temperatures are freezing. Pipes can burst in parts of the home that are not generally heated such as the attic and crawlspaces. To help prevent this from happening, cover pipes in those areas with foam or fiberglass insulation and try to maintain the home’s temperature at a high enough level so pipes will not freeze in areas that are not heated.
Following these simple tips will help you stay warm and safe at home this winter.