We’ve experienced snow this fall multiple times already, so we figured it is time for a few tips and reminders to help you prepare your home for the winter weather ahead. Temperatures are dropping and it is time to make sure your home is ready! There are a number of things any homeowner should do before the cold, winter weather is here to stay. Check out these winter home preparation tips.
- Furnace – Change your furnace filter and set a schedule for regular replacement to allow for the best heating flow and air quality. Having a professional HVAC expert inspect your furnace on an annual basis is also a good idea.
- Plumbing – Is your water hose still connected to an outdoor water faucet? Get that disconnected to avoid freezing issues. Make sure any exposed pipes are insulated properly, and if you plan to leave your home or cabin for an extended amount of time make sure you drain/turn off the water and/or keep your home heated to avoid frozen pipes and a big mess.
- Windows and Doors – Check doors and windows to make sure they are sealing properly. Cold air can leak in through gaps or bad seals. Replace and update excessively worn pieces.
- Roof and Gutters – A well-insulated home with a solid roof will help keep your home warm. Also, check your gutters to make sure those fall leaves and other debris are removed so melting snow has a place to go.
- Foundation – A solid foundation provides the base for your home. If you have a basement check for cracks or gaps in your foundation and seal them to keep your home warm and keep out unwanted critters. If you’re in a manufactured home with skirting make sure to check for damage, monitor pipes, and make sure everything is solid for the winter ahead.
Winter home preparation is worth taking some time to complete properly. Looking for a winter checklist take a look at this article for more ideas. You’ll thank yourself this winter when your home stays warms and cozy. A little bit of preparation goes a long way in having a smooth winter.