Fall is officially upon us and that means the frigid temperatures aren’t far behind. Get a jump on your winter prep by taking care of a few things in or around your house. Taking care of your home before the freezing temperatures arrive will help to lower your utility bill and protect your investment.
During the fall, large sticks and branches tend to fall from low hanging trees near your home. Before the first snowfall, cleaning off your roof can help to prevent damages during the winter months. Look for damaged or missing shingles that could result in a water leak from melting snow.
Before you light up your furnace for the winter, you should clean out the filter. Sediment build-up can cause your system to work less efficiently or potentially become a fire-hazard if untreated for too long. For a simple furnace tune up, make sure to schedule an appointment sooner rather than later. Once the weather cools down, heating and cooling technicians will be booked up for weeks trying to get around to everyone’s repairs. Don’t put off fixing your furnace before the weather is too cold.
During the fall, leaves and twigs can fall into your gutters and clog them, resulting in water backups or roof leaks. Cleaning your gutters before winter can help prevent ice buildups or snow runoff from leaking into your home. Save yourself the hassle of repairing your gutters or water damage by simply cleaning your gutters routinely during the fall and before the winter months.
Fireplaces can be dangerous if not cared for properly. Your chimney should be swept at least once every year to remove all of the soot and debris. When you hire a sweep, they will take care of inspecting the chimney’s structure, looking for cracks or loose bricks. Your chimney should have a cap at the top, preventing rain, birds, or other debris from entering your chimney resulting in a fire hazard. Having a spark guard in front of your chimney is important to prevent any unwanted flames or sparks to cause a fire hazard in your home.
Weatherproofing your windows can help to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. You aren’t paying to heat the outdoors. Use door draft stoppers to prevent leaks from coming in under your doors, and use stripping or caulk to seal up your window or door frames. Both of these options are cheap fixes that can save you money on your energy bills this winter.
Winter will be here before you know it. Prepare your home early to prevent problems from arising down the road.