Tips on Preparing the home for winter
Now that Fall is ending soon we are now ready for the upcoming cold season caring for your home can be tedious daring this season and being unprepared can have many consequences if not being taken care of. Here are a few simple steps that most of it you can do to prepare your Home for the coming Cold Weather.
1. Tune Up Your Heating System- You should cinsult a technician as early as now if your furnace is not working properly. This will save you time in case you have your heating system for repair in the coldest time of the year.
2. Reverse your ceiling fans- If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch use it to run the blades in a clockwise direction after turning the heat. This will push the heated air from the ceiling.
3. Prevent Ice dams- If your home had lots of icicles last winter. Ice dams can melt water and flow into your house. Take steps to prevent these things from happening that might cause damage.
4. Check the roof- Scan and look for damaged or loose shingles that may leak during winter.
5. Apply Caulk to Windows and Doors- If you have large gaps on windows- you may want to caulk in joints and door frames. Silicone caulk is best for exterior use since it won’t shrink.
6. Divert Water- Make sure to add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3-4 feet away from the foundation.
7. Drain your Lawn Irrigation system- Draining your sprinklers, and pipes will help avoid freezing and leaks.
8. Chimney Sweep- Before burning your yuletide log make sure you have your fireplace checked, vents and chimney’s clean to prevent carbon monoxide creeping to your home.
9. Prepare to store the mower- As the 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.
10. Restock Winter Essentials- Don’t wait for the first winter storm to restock cold-weather essentials, such as salt or ice melt. If you can’t abide a snow blower’s roar or the back-breaking workout of shoveling