• Malissa Krause

How To Get Your Home Ready For Winter

Wow, It’s quite chilly outside! How do I make sure my home is ready for winter? As the days become shorter and the temperature starts to fall, you will want to get your home ready for the cold embrace of winter. Winterizing your home can be done for little to no money and help you save on those increased heating costs. Please read this post as it will explain some ways to help your home this winter.

Please follow along as I’ve come up with a checklist to help you easily prepare your home for winter. Checklist is as follows;

Clean out your gutters & assess your roof- Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts are generally done twice a year, depending on the area of your home. If your home sits under a lot of trees, the installation of Valor Gutter Guard can help alleviate this task. While your cleaning your gutters and downspouts, you may want to check out your roof as well. Roof maintenance is best complete before the weather gets too cold. You will want to look for any cracked shingles, bending or missing shingles. Loose screws or rusted panels should also be noted as this can cause leaks within your roof if not fixed promptly.

Protect your deck & Bring in any plants, outdoor furniture and your grill- Remove fallen leaves, dirt and other debris from your deck. If you missed applying a fresh coat of sealer in the spring, you may want to complete this task now before it gets too cold. If this task is too much, you can lay a tarp down or ensure you use a plastic shovel to remove any fallen snow. As you complete this task, you will also want to bring in any flowers, outdoor furniture and your grill. Often, these things can easily be placed in a shed or garage for the season. You will want to disconnect your garden hose from the faucet and place the hose in a shed or garage for the season.

Flush your sprinklers & Protect your pipes- If you have a sprinkler system within your lawn, you will want to shut the water off prior to the ground freezing. You will also want to flush out any existing water within the pipes. If you do not know how to complete this task you will open the manual valve and turn on the system. If you do not want to complete this step, you can also use a compressor to blow any remaining water out of the system. You may also want to make sure your pipes are protected while coping with freezing temperatures. Spaces such as your garage, attic or basement are most at risk for frozen pipes. You will want to use pipe insulation liberally on any of your exposed pipes, especially in the vulnerable areas of your house. Other ways you can protect your pipes is to keep your garage door closed as much as possible and don’t let your home fall below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

Seal any gaps around your doors and windows & Test run your heating- As you check out your home, you may want to add weather stripping to your doors and caulk any window gaps. If you notice your sashes aren’t meeting or your inner lock isn’t working, it may be time to replace your window. Furnace filters are generally replaced every three months. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, you may want to complete this step prior to test running your heat for the year. As you test your heat out, this will alleviate the pain of having a cold house when the weather really starts to drop.

Clean your chimney, Check fireplace flue & Cover your water heater- You may want to hire a professional to ensure your safety while using your chimney and fireplace. An inspection will determine if there is any buildup through the off-seasons and test your flue for a tight seal while it’s closed. You may want to purchase a water heater insulation blanket as this will keep heat within your water system longer. These blankets are affordable and will decrease the cost of your heating bill.

Install a programmable thermostat & Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors- The installation of a programmable thermostat will allow you to save money while heating and cooling your home. These thermostats allow you to customize the temperature of your home based on your personal preferences. You will also want to test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. If you find they aren’t working properly, you will want to change out the batteries or replace the complete system.

As you complete these tasks, you can rest assured your home will be ready for the cold winter months. Whether you live where snow falls or where it just gets plain cold, your home will still need attention to cope with the weather changes. As you clean your gutters out and are interested in the installation of Valor Gutter Guard, please give Team Tusing a call at 888-84-VALOR. Team Tusing is a reputable dealer that has been installing Valor Gutter Guard for many years. Please think of Team Tusing and Valor Gutter Guard for your next home improvement project.

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