Owning a new home sure takes a lot of work, and one thing that homeowners should do is to prepare their homes for the cold winter season. There are usually some simple repairs and tasks that can be done to prepare one’s home for winter. When you are proactive about making sure such tasks and repairs are done, then you will definitely increase your home’s energy efficiency and in turn, making it safer for the whole family.
It is a great idea to go through your whole house and give it a once-over then proceed to making any necessary repairs before the cold weather comes around. Having a winter preparation checklist is really helpful in making sure that your new home is winter-ready.
Sealing Your Home
Winter brings freezing cold temperatures, and what you want is a warm home. So, before the cold weather kicks in, it is best to seal up any air leaks in your home. Doing this will prevent warm air from escaping your home. It also prevents your heating system from working harder, and it also keeps cold air from entering your home.
Cleaning the Furnace
When the cold weather hits, you want to be able to turn on the heat with no problem at all. Make sure that your furnace is cleaned and that its filters have been changed. A build up of dirt or sediment only makes your system work less efficiently, and it can also be a fire hazard. If you do not personally know how to clean it properly, then call the experts. Trust us, it will be worth it.
Cleaning the Fireplace
If you are one of those homeowners who use fireplaces to heat their homes, then know that it is very important to check the flue. Make sure that the area is free of soot and creosote to decrease the chances of a fire occurring. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors should also be checked before using your fireplace for the first time. It is also best to check for drafts. If you feel cold air even when the damper is closed, then this could mean you have an air leak. To seal it off, contact a professional.
Securing the Outdoors
As you check the interior of your home, make sure you also check its exterior as there are many things outside your home you need to prepare for winter. Check and clean your gutters and chimney. If you have a swimming pool at home, make sure that it is sufficiently covered and drained. Your patio furniture, sprinklers, hoses, and other outdoor items should be checked and stored properly, too.
These are just some of the basics on what you can to winterize your new home. May you all enjoy the upcoming winter!