Wednesday January 17, 2018
Prepping your home for winter will make your home more energy efficient and prevent issues. Take some time to make sure your home is winter-ready and then enjoy the season in your cozy new home!
When rain gutters overflow, that water can pour down the side of your house, allowing it to penetrate the sheathing and work its way into the wall. This can lead to rot in the home’s framing members, which then works its way into the crawl space and increases the home’s humidity. Clear gutters help drain water away from your roof and your house.
Change Your Filters
Dust-clogged air filters restrict the air flow of your heating system and can reduce the system’s efficiency and life span. Change your filters regularly to get the most from your heating system.
Check Your Mower
As your lawn mower sits through the winter, fuel remaining in its engine will decompose, "varnishing" the carburetor and causing difficulty when you try to start the engine in the spring.
If you've added stabilizer to your fuel to keep it fresh longer, then fill the gas tank to the top with more stabilized fuel and run the engine briefly to allow it to circulate. Check your mower's manual for other cold-weather storage steps.
Nothing is better on a chilly winter night than sitting by a warm fire. Make sure your fireplace, chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. Doing so can prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home. When not in use, you can close your damper. Heated or cooled air flies up the chimney when you leave the fireplace damper open. Shut the flue after the fireplace has cooled.
Don't turn the heat down too much when you’re out of the house. Even though you aren’t home to enjoy the warmth, your pipes need the heat to prevent freezing. Let faucets drip during temperature drops to provide relief for your pipes and be sure to check your home for exposed pipes, and wrap them with insulation.
Now that your home is ready for the cold weather, make sure you’re ready, too. Stock up on the essentials – hot cocoa, fuzzy socks and warm blankets. It’s time to enjoy winter in your new home!