As the days start to get colder, it’s important to make sure that your home is safe for the winter season. There are some simple safe steps that you can take to ensure that your house is well protected. Moreover, you can prevent damage that could cost you money.
Prep the plumbing
If you know the temperature is going to drop greatly one night, begin with draining the water out of all outdoor faucets and garden hoses. Any leftover water will freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst. As a result, the damage will end up costing you lots to repair. Furthermore, make sure to hire someone to safely blow out your in-ground sprinklers. Make sure to clean out the gutters, and check the downspouts to make sure that it runs at least 3-4 feet away from the foundation.
Heat things up
As the leaves change and the winds get stronger, you will want to spend more time curled up in front of the fire. Start by inspecting the chimney, so that it’s clear and ready for all the log burning and marshmallow toasting to come. Also, experts recommend to change out your furnace filter every month, as well. Does it even need to be changed? You can check by putting the filter up to the light. If you can’t see through it, you need to change it. Don’t forget to set your ceiling fan blades to move clockwise. When you run the heat, it will rise, and the fan blades will push that warm air back down, allowing you to save money on heating.
Seal the leaks
There is a safe and simple method to sealing all leaks in your home without spending a fortune. First, light a candle and walk around your entire home checking all door frames, windows, chimneys and vents. Put the candle next to the frame and if the flame blows toward you, there is a leak. Stop by your local hardware store and pick up some caulking and some pressurized expanding foam. Use the caulking to fix small gaps and the foam to fill in big ones. This will keep the heating from leaking out and the cold air from coming in.
Follow these simple steps to prepare your home for the winter season, and consider creating a short check-list for every time the temperature drops.