Ten easy and affordable steps to winterize your home.
‘Tis the season to crank up the thermostat and enjoy the cooler temperatures that winter brings. No matter where you live, winter brings a significant change in climate, with most of us expecting some brutal weather over the next few months. To prepare for the bitter cold in the months to come and avoid some serious home repairs that could quickly empty your wallet, be sure to winterize your home!
Keep your home protected this season:
Clean the Gutters
Having clean gutters prevents the build up of ice on your roof – a potentially damaging issue. The faster that rain can drain away, the less likely it is to melt and then refreeze on your roof or under your shingles. It’s better to do it now before the cold weather hits. Cleaning out ice-cold debris from the gutters with freezing hands is not the way the get into the holiday spirit.
Check Your Furnace Filter
Before you turn on your furnace, check the filter. If it’s dirty or looking a little worse for wear, replace it pronto. A clean air filter helps your furnace to run more efficiently, which can save you energy and extend the years of your furnace’s life.
Insulate Pipes and the Water Heater
Pipes that run through a chilly or unheated basement are at risk of freezing and bursting. You can prevent this by adding insulation around the pipes and the water heater. Additionally, insulating your water heater helps to trim down 4 to 9 percent of your heating costs.
Call the Chimney Sweep
What is winter without a cozy fire? Since you last used your chimney, it may now be host to animal nests or a build-up of deposits. To get your chimney ready for winter, it’s best to call a professional to safely remove nests, clean the chimney, and inspect it for any damage.
Stock Up on Supplies
People often wait for the first frost before evaluating their survival supplies. Do it now before the stores run out, or you’re stuck at home. Pick up salt, a snow blower, and an emergency supply kit if you live in a snowy climate. The latter should include a first aid kid, plenty of blankets, water, non-perishable food, flashlights, petty cash, radio, and more! Restock or build your kit before the severe weather hits.
While we welcome in the winter weather, take the time to review your homeowners insurance policy. From fire to natural disasters, such coverage can safeguard your home throughout winter and beyond. Visit the professionals at Nahai Insurance Services to secure the right policy for your home.