Winterizing Your Home
It's a good idea to plan ahead and prepare to winterize your home before it gets really chilly. Prior to mercury falling, you should set up your home to be ready to face the snow. Here are some suggestions that you may find handy to prepare your home for winter.
The furnace is one place that should get professional attention. It needs to be inspected and make sure all corresponding ducts are clean. Stock up on filters and make sure your thermostat is properly programmed. Remember to remove flammable things from around the furnace.
Your fireplace needs to be in order as well. Clean the soot away and fix a screen or cap on top to keep creatures away. Examine your fireplace damper to make certain that it is functional. Stock up your firewood in dry places outside your home.
Make a thorough examination of the exteriors of the house. Check doors and windows for cracks and crevices. Watch out for the smallest of entry points around pipes. Fix all openings appropriately so as to prevent cold air from entering the house. Replace cracked or broken window panes. Take off summer screens and install storm windows.
Carefully examine and clean the roof, gutters and down spouts to clear them of all debris. Install screens around openings to keep away leaves and twigs. Check flashing to keep water off of your home. If you expect the temperatures to go down, then have extra insulation on the roof and attic. Replace tiles on the roof if required.
Take care of all equipment you will be using in the winter. Make sure things are in working order and ready for use. Service your snow blowers and ice choppers. Clean up or replace worn-out rakes and snow shovels. Buy bags of ice-melt and sand to have them handy for use.
Take care to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and follow the regulations in your area regarding these safety tools. Keep extra smoke detector batteries and install the carbon monoxide detector near the furnace or water heater. Buy a fire extinguisher or replace any that are older than ten years.
Learn how to prevent plumbing freezes. Be aware of the location of the water main in your home that might need to be shut off in an emergency. Insulate any exposed plumbing pipes and drain air conditioner pipes. If you're going to be away on vacation, then leave the heat on at a minimum of 55 degrees.
Finally, prepare outdoor spaces by trimming trees and sealing driveways, brick patios and wood decks. Also, prepare emergency kits that will see you through the winter. Stock up on candles, matches, torches, extra batteries, first-aid kits, extra bottled water and non-perishable food items and blankets.