It may still be Fall according to the calendar, but Mother Nature has left no question that winter is here. While you may be busy with holiday menu planning and gift buying, don’t forget to get your home in winter weather condition.
- Get Your Furnace Inspected. Sure, your furnace may be working now, but why risk the chance it will die when you need it the most? Spend a little money upfront to have your furnace inspected and repaired. Not only will it give you peace of mind, but it is also significantly less expensive to do preventative maintenance than a crisis fix.
- Wrap Your Pipes. Admittedly this is less fun than wrapping that perfect gift, but a must-do when winterizing your home. Pipes exposed to colder temperatures in unheated or cool areas of your home are susceptible to freezing and expansion, creating a tremendous mess if they burst from the pressure. Wrap your pipes in insulation to help keep them warm and make sure everyone in your household knows where the water shut-off is in case of an emergency.
- Clean Your Gutters. Hopefully, this is already on your to-do list as the autumn leaves are fully falling because clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your home. Gutters clogged up with leaves and other debris in winter can be especially hazardous—blockages that slow water flow can allow ice to form, creating dams and icicles that can damage your exterior.
This list is a start but only the tip of the icicle in preparing your home for winter and lowing your winter home costs. So sneak in these not-so-fun but necessary chores and your friends, family, and pocketbook with thank you for this winter.