Preparing Your Home for Winter
Winter is well on its way. If you haven’t already, you need to start preparing for dropping winter temperatures. Take the steps in your home to protect your family against the dangers of a harsh winter. Some of these changes may be small and seem insignificant, but have the potential to save you significantly over the winter season.
Check the Furnace
If you didn’t have your furnace checked before turning it on this year, it’s not too late. Once a year you should have your furnace serviced, checking it not only for inefficiencies, but for potential hazards as well. Even a simple cleaning of this essential appliance can make a huge difference. No matter what shape your furnace is in, invest in a carbon monoxide detector to protect your family against this danger.
Keep the Roof Clear
In extreme cold temperatures, icicles are common on the roof. While small icicles aren’t bad, they have the potential to be dangerous. It’s no so much icicles that cause the problem, but ice dams on the roof. An ice dam is a buildup of snow and ice on top of the roof, which can prevent water from running off as it usually would. This is dangerous for a number of reasons, one of the most common being that it can easily lead to water damage, causing leaks in the roof. Prevent icicles and ice dams from forming on your roof this year. Watch and be proactive in looking for these problems, stopping them early on.
Check for Cracks
Even a small crack in the window or between the door and the wall can be expensive during the winter. Prevent air from escaping your home by fixing these gaps. Caulk around the edges of your window to prevent air from escaping here. Making this change for your home will be instrumental in keeping heat in.
Keep water flowing away from your home rather than towards it. While it is unavoidable to have some amount of water and snow against the side of your home, do everything you can to divert it away. Before the major snow storms hit, ensure your downspouts are in proper working order, and that they’ll effectively lead water away from your home. Make this a priority in your winter preparation checklist.
Ensure your home is protected this winter season. By putting forth a small amount of effort before disaster strikes, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and trouble in the long run. Do what you can with your home to prevent major yet common winter disasters.