Every year, winter comes rolling in before we know it, so it’s important that your home is ready for the cold temperatures, ice, snow, and more. Here are some things you can do to your interior and exterior in order to prepare.
What you’ll need to get your home ready for the winter (if needed):
- Gutter Protection System
- Roofing Shingles
Inside Your Home
- The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your windows are well-sealed; if not, they’ll let in drafts and compromise the comfort of your interior. Check the weatherstripping around your windows and if it’s damaged, replace it.
- Next check door weather stripping including your garage door. Not only will cold air get in, but small critters can squeeze under your garage door very easily if the weather stripping needs to be replaced.
- Next check for any holes that may let cold air inside and caulk them.
- After checking your windows, call our home improvement company to make sure your home has enough insulation for the winter. If it doesn’t, you can either install your own or leave the job to our experts.
- Because you’ll be using your heater for several months, it’s important to make sure it’s in good shape. Inspect your system thoroughly (and change your filter) to ensure you won’t run into any problems during the season.
- Next, flip the switch on all of your ceiling fans to reverse the direction of their spin. This will push warm air toward the ground to better circulate your heat.
Outside Your Home
- The winter can have a harsh effect on your roof, so inspect it before the cold temperatures set in. If you discover any damaged or missing shingles, replace them as soon as possible or give us a call and we’ll get it done quickly.
- Next, make sure any hoses that you have connected to your outdoor spigots are disconnected so that you don’t risk any burst pipes.
- After that, clean out any leaves and/or debris that may be caught in your gutters. Then, talk to our experts about our gutter protection system; it can keep your gutters clear and prevent ice dams that lead to water damage.
- Trim back your landscaping so that your trees and bushes are at least three feet from your home. This will prevent insects and small animals from having easy access to the inside of your home.
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