How to Winterize Your Home

The winter months are upon us, and it is turning cold fast. We want you and your home to be protected during this season. Don’t wait any longer to get your house in shape. The longer you procrastinate, the more you are at risk of the winter’s harmful and dangerous side effects. Your home might have to suffer if you do so. We have a couple of tips from our pros on protecting the outside and inside of your home.

Top Tips for Winterizing Your Home

The Prep Work Inside

To protect your home from the frosty air, there are a few things we recommend you do. Inevitably, when the weather starts, more people use their furnaces to keep themselves and their families warm. So, firstly, we recommend you check your furnace or HVAC system to ensure you aren’t stuck suffering in the cold if it breaks. If you have a chimney in your home, you should clean it before it is used more frequently. The longer you wait to clean out your chimney, the more at risk your house is to have a fire.

Because you never know when the worst could happen, you should replace or check the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide alarm. This is precautionary, so you can keep yourself and your family safe with the alarms.  Another tip we have is to make sure you are stocked up on any supplies you may need in the worst-case scenario you get stuck at your home due to ice or snowstorm. This could include canned foods, toilet paper, or other essential items that don’t spoil.

The Prep Work Outside

Although it is essential to get winterized inside your home, the actual project is the outside area. We recommend you contact your gutters to be thoroughly cleaned out. Blocked gutters on your home allow the melted ice and snow to seep into your roofing or collect around your home’s foundation, which can cause severe damage to your home. Looking for where potential ice problems may occur is also a helpful tip. This way, you can use a deicer whenever you believe it will be slick, and you already are preparing to know where to place it.

Our team also recommends you take care of any lingering shrubs or trees in case of a snowstorm. The excess limbs can fall during storms and cause damage to your house if the wind is just right and big enough. To help your heating bill, we encourage homeowners to recaulk their homes’ windows and doors. This way, the heat stays in your home rather than leaking out. Not only do you need to ensure your home is safe and warm inside and outside, but we also recommend finding a safe spot to place your outdoor seating. Although it’s nice to have them out for decorations, it can damage them and result in you having to buy more when spring hits.

Winterizing your home is crucial for so many reasons. We want you and your family to stay safe and warm this winter. With these simple tips, you can achieve just that.