12 Sep Preparing your home for fall and winter are essential.
Here are some of the things needed to get ready for the upcoming seasons.
- Inspect Heating System: Ensure your heating system is in good working condition by scheduling a maintenance check. Replace filters and clean ducts if needed.
- Check Insulation: Proper insulation helps keep your home warm and energy-efficient. Check for drafts around windows and doors, and consider adding weatherstripping or caulking.
- Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear out leaves and debris from gutters to prevent clogs and ice dams. Make sure downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation.
- Trim Trees and Bushes: Trim overgrown branches and bushes that could potentially damage your home during winter storms.
- Seal Windows and Doors: Apply caulk or weatherstripping to seal any gaps around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Safety is crucial. Replace batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re in proper working order.
- Prepare Outdoor Faucets: Drain and disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with insulated covers to prevent freezing.
- Stock Up on Winter Supplies: Ensure you have an ample supply of winter essentials like rock salt, shovels, and snow blowers to deal with ice and snow.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans: By running your ceiling fans in reverse, you can help circulate warm air that rises to the ceiling, improving overall heating efficiency.
- Check Chimney and Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned and inspected to ensure safe operation. Stock up on firewood if you plan to use it during the colder months.
- Protect Plants and Garden: Bring potted plants indoors, cover delicate plants, and prepare your garden for the winter months.
- Prepare Emergency Kit: As a precaution, put together an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food.
- Check Roof and Attic: Inspect your roof for any damage and make necessary repairs. Ensure your attic is well-insulated to prevent heat loss.
- Furnace and Thermostat: If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to a lower temperature when you’re not home. This can help save on energy bills.
- Deep Clean and Organize: Take advantage of the change in seasons to declutter and clean your home. A well-organized space can make it easier to navigate during winter.
Call Handiboyz for help preparing your home for fall and winter seasons