Time to Winterize
Now that the holidays have come and gone, we’re hit with the ugly truth that there’s still a lot of winter left to weather. And if your house isn’t properly prepared, you could find yourself with some expensive repairs on your hands in the not so distant future. Here, eight ways to winterize, from the masterminds at Porch.com.
First on the list is an oft-forgotten chore: sweeping the chimney. Most chimney fires start from creosote buildup that occurs from burning wood. Hire a professional to give the fireplace a good cleaning so you can worry less and cozy up comfortably.
Now that you’re planning to use the furnace full-time, you’ll want to make sure everything is up and running correctly. Contact a local HVAC professional to do a quick check-up to get ahead of any larger problems you won’t want to surprise you in the bleak midwinter.
Clean the Gutters
Proper gutter cleaning is key to avoiding water damage in your home. Remove leaves, sticks and other debris so that snow and ice can melt and flow properly away from your home.
Check Your Tech
Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and any other alarms in the house to ensure everything is doing its job to keep your family safe and sound.
Here’s a helpful tip to save money and stay warm: reverse your fan! The clockwise rotation causes an upward draft that will send the warm air back down to the rest of the room.
Windows and doors that don’t close tightly cause major heat loss during the winter, which can make your energy bill spike. Seal up any drafts with weatherstripping or caulking to keep your home warm without the extra expense.
Protect Those Pipes
No one wants to deal with the water damage that can come from a burst pipe. Wrap pipes in unheated areas of your home to keep them insulated.
Trim the Trees
Keep your trees happy and healthy by trimming and pruning dying branches prior to the dormant season — you’ll be glad you did come spring.