Like planting bulbs and raking leaves, cleaning gutter and installing storm windows are telltale fall rituals, isn’t it? But what else can you do to prepare your home for the winter? How can you make this winter comfortable and safe? To prepare your home for cold, snow and inclement weather, buckle down and tackle these home safety chores:
1. Bubble wrap your windows
Have your windows become old and cold air is leaking through the cracks? Try bubble-wrapping. All you have to do is tape bubble wrap on your windows. This will help in trapping the pockets of air that are cooling down your home. Light can come through the bubble wrap and you’ll be saving a lot on your energy bill. Sounds like a good idea?
2. Inspect the furnace
Call an HVAC professional and ask them to inspect your furnace and clean ducts. You can even stock up on the furnace filter and change them once a year. You may choose to use a programmable thermostat instead of the regular one. If you do so, make sure to buy the one that you’ll use. Update in accordingly, as this will not only help you to stay comfortable in your home, but also slash your energy bill to a great extent. Sound cool?
3. Block drafts
Do you have drafty doors? We’ve a quick solution to it! Place draft blockers under those doors that lead to garage, basement or outside. This will keep you comfortable by keeping the cool air out and preventing inaccurate thermostat readings. Like the solution?
4. Inspect gutters, roof and downspouts
What to do when your local temperature falls below 32 degrees in the winter? Add extra insulation to the attic when there’s still time. This will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof, which can cause ice dams. In order to make sure the water doesn’t enter your home, check flashing. Replace the worn roof tiles. Clean the gutters and spray water down the downspouts using a hose. This will clear the debris away.
5. Trim trees
Examine the trees that are there around your yard. Are there any limbs that you think could hit your car if they broke off during a winter storm? Are there any chances of the dead tree limbs to knock out power to your home in the winter? If your answer to both these questions is “Yes”, then the best thing you could do is trim those tree limbs before the arrival of the winter.
We understand how the thought of home improvement can make you groan! But, if you don’t do these now and plan to do it in the winter, know that the wind and cold will make the tasks a lot more difficult than now. So give yourself a push and start winterizing your home today!