7 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Girl In a Coat, Snowing

Winter is just around the corner, aside from the beautiful snow and Christmas it’s time to get your home ready for the cold temperatures. So we made a list with a couple of tips to make sure that the bitter weather doesn’t send a chill down your spine. Read below to find out how to prepare your home for winter.

7 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter

1. Have your furnace inspected

You probably didn’t want to spend $50 to $100 for someone to check your gas or electric furnace and tell you that everything is fine. But that’s not that smart because it will be a lot more if you call for an emergency repair when it’s freezing outside. Furnaces can collect dust, suffer from outdoor air intake blockages, or have gas ignition issues that might go undetected until it’s too late.

2. Trim your trees

We all love our trees but they might cause us problems during winter time. Tree branches are no big deal during the warm weather. But when ice and snow are involved they can weigh them down, and that can potentially damage your property. (Or even worse, your neighbor’s.) Trim your trees so you don’t have any problems after a storm.

3. Block drafts

With blocking the drafts in your home you can lower your energy expenses and cut your bill (and chill). Most of the older homes are prone to cold air entering through the door and windows frames, so it’s not a bad idea to block them and insulate all entryways from outside breezes.

4. Wrap your water pipes

You should know that pipes that are exposed to colder temperatures are very susceptible to freezing and expansion, which can create a big mess if they burst from the pressure. Frozen pipes can be a horror, but there is a way to prevent that. All you need to do is wrap the pipes in insulation to help them stay warm. And you should make sure everyone in your household knows where the water shut-off is in case of an emergency.

Cover Pipes

5. Check your vents

Check if all of your air vents are not blocked with furniture or anything else. With this, you are not blocking the warm air from circulating inside your home. But what’s more important you are avoiding a costly repair,  you don’t want to end up “suffocating” your furnace.  Keep all vents free from anything that could impede air flow.

6. Reverse your fans

Most fans should give you the option of switching. Ceiling fans that run counter-clockwise are great for summer weather, but reversing them to a clockwise rotation will help circulate the hot air near the ceiling back toward the room.

7. Clean your gutters

Gutters clogged up with leaves and other debris in winter can be very hazardous, you should clean your gutter regardless of the season. If they are blocked the water freezes, creating dams and icicles that can damage your exterior.

Winter house

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