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Getting Your Home Winter Ready

Preparing ourselves for winter is often difficult enough let alone preparing our home. However, investing time into prepping your home for the cold can be of huge benefit to your home and you. Low temperatures, snow and ice can seriously hurt your home, but with proper preparation, you can mitigate this. Once you winterize your home, you can spend time by the fire, make snow angels, go skating or plan a ski trip away without stressing about the health of your home . Here are steps you can take to be winter ready.

  1. Professionally service your furnace to check winter heat efficiency
  2. Check the home drainage
  3. Check for high water pressure/damaged fixtures to protect pipes/prevent waste
  4. Flush and insulate the hot water tank to remove sediment
  5. Drain the humidifier line and clean the fan
  6. Clean the fireplace/chimney
  7. Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  8. Replace old thermostats with programmable ones to lower heating expenses
  9. Reverse the ceiling fans to make a heated updraft and to save on energy costs
  10. Inspect the insulation to keep your home warm
  11. Insulate the windows and doors to protect against drafts and high energy costs
  12. Consider installing storm windows and doors to help reduce heat loss
  13. Prevent door locks from freezing with powdered-graphite lubricant
  14. Protect the entryways, such as the mudroom, with indoor and outdoor mats
  15. Repair any damaged steps, masonry or handrails to protect you and your guests
  16. Inspect the outdoor lighting to help prevent slipping on walkways and driveways
  17. Check on the roof for loose shingles or flashing
  18. Protect the A/C unit with a sheet of plywood overtop with weighted stones
  19. Turn off all outdoor faucets/insulate pipes to prevent freezing
  20. Professionally drain the lawn-irrigation system/sprinklers
  21. Apply heating pads and/or insulated blankets to outdoor pipes and meters
  22. Clean gutters and use downspout extensions to protect the foundation
  23. Prevent ice dams to prevent and protect against meltwater
  24. Test your sump pump
  25. Stock up on salt, ice melt, sand, winter shovels and/or a snow blower
  26. Prepare for storms and outages with survival kits
  27. Consider a generator to maintain heat and lighting during outages
  28. Cover the patio furniture with a heavy tarp or put it in storage
  29. Store any seasonal tools, such as the lawn mower, to prevent rust
  30. Prune trees/shrubs in the late winter
  31. Mulch the flower beds to regulate the soil temperature and protect the plants
  32. Protect the flowerpots
  33. Trim tree branches to protect your house from debris
  34. Enjoy the winter

 

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