Getting your home ready for winter should be routine; after all, we do it every year. However, for many new homeowners, this may be the first time attempting to prepare their home for the harsh winter months. The following list entails some of the most important things to keep in mind when conducting maintenance to your home this winter.
If you live in an area that doesn’t really experience cold weather throughout the year, it is best to check your gas furnace before turning it on for the first time. In order to function properly, the gas furnace needs to be cleaned regularly, have the filter changed every few months, and the blower motor should be in good shape. Not only is this vital for it to run properly all winter long, but it is also a safety precaution on your part.
Clean Your Gutter
One of the most overlooked areas of a home when it comes to preparing for winter are the gutters. Although not directly connected to providing warmth to your home, it is a vital necessity to clean the gutters. The reason for this is because any melting snow can become backed up and cause ice dams later in the night when it freezes. Additionally, broken or missing gutters should also be repaired ahead of time in order to promote proper draining off your roof. This type of job can be easily done within small one-story homes, but if your home expands to two stories, it may be a better choice to go with a professional. Costs for this service range from $70 to $225 depending on the size of the home.
Caulk Around Windows and Doors
A leading cause of heat loss within a home is often the windows themselves. Although a portion of it involves the type of glass used a majority of it is caused by small cracks and openings around the window. Therefore, we highly recommend homeowners to reapply exterior caulk to these areas. Most of these materials can be found within your local big box store for a relatively low price.
Making sure you and your family are warm this coming winter shouldn’t be too overwhelming. However, it is still important to begin adding these protective measures ahead of time. Simply adhere to the list above, and you’ll no doubt create a foundation of success for your home improvement project this winter.
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