With Summer only a memory, now is the time to prepare your home for the cool weather that is upon us. If the winter months are anything like last year, we may reach some pretty cool temperatures. Possibly reaching below freezing, it's so important to prepare your home for this unpredictable weather. Not sure what preparing to do? No worries-here are 5 things you can do yourself or call a trusted handyman to prepare at your home:
Clean out your gutters: Remove leaves and debris from the drainpipe and gutters to prevent any unwanted clogging. I recommend climbing a ladder to clean all of the dirt out of the gutters. While up on your ladder, check for any leaks or holes. If you find any leaks or holes, clean the area and repair with bead silicon sealing. Once you've checked out all of the basics, it's time to deep clean with a pressure washer.
Check your heating system: Be sure to take a look around the house and make sure all heating vents are free from any furniture, carpet, or curtains. We wouldn't want a fire to start. If you're a clean freak like me, I advise you to dust and clean all vents. While you are doing that, it would be a good time to replace your air filters. Make an appointment with a local HVAC company for an annual heating system check up-that way you have a professional's approval that your family will be toasty all winter long!
Check windows for drafts: If you want to save money, energy, and heat, examine your windows for cracks. A quick way to check for drafts is to place a candle near the window seams. If the flame bends, then you, my friend, have a draft! Also, inspect the caulking around the outside of your windows. The warmer months can sometimes cause gaps and cracks. If you notice this has happened, you may want to re-caulk. Adding layers of curtains can help keep the draft out as well.
Drain irrigation systems: With the cooler temperatures, your grass won't need to be watered. Be sure to drain sprinkler system pipes and spigots to prevent pipes from freezing and causing leaks. If you aren't familiar with irrigations systems, give your trusted professional sprinkler service a call. You may occasionally want to drain your outside faucets on very low temperature days to prevent freezing.
Sweep your chimney: If you have a fireplace in your home, then I am sure that you know how important it is to have you chimney swept routinely. Make arrangements with a professional to have it swept before its first winter use.
Have any other winter tips? Feel free to leave them below!