How To Get Your Home Ready for Winter

How To Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Winterizing your home may be tedious, especially in older homes. Checking the furnace and its filter, closing all your storm windows, cleaning out the gutters, and so on is a lot to remember. What happens when winter sets in, the temperature drops, and you’re getting hit with precipitation left and right? One day it’s rain and then snow; some days, sleet; and other days, hail!

Among other preventative measures, roof protection is essential in defending not only the exterior of your home but also the interior. Weak points in the roof or backed-up gutters can cause leaks, holes, mold, and much more damage. Knowing how to get your home ready for winter could potentially save you thousands of dollars.

Consistently Clean Gutters

Keeping your gutters clean is the first line of defense against water sitting for too long and damaging your roof, walls, and ceilings. Overall, you should start preparing for roof maintenance in the fall. During seasons of high precipitation, your property is at greater risk of water damage if the gutters are clogged with leaves and debris. There are several gutter guards on the market to keep them clean in between regular maintenance.

Check for Damaged Shingles

Checking for damaged shingles before serious rain or snowfall that could turn into ice and sit on your roof is a preventative measure worth taking. Damaged shingles are easy to spot, and doing seasonal checks could save you a lot of money, time, and frustration. You should always know the status of your roof so that, if there are issues, you can deal with them quickly and professionally.

Regularly Check the Furnace

You should check your furnace annually, at the very least. Several things can indicate trouble, including but not limited to malfunctioning thermostats, inconsistent temperatures within your home, clogged filters, loud noises coming from the heating system, and more. Having an HVAC professional inspect your furnace if you’re not comfortable with it is recommended.

Use Storm Windows and Doors

Newer homes come with double- or triple-paned windows, allowing for a more secure and energy-efficient living experience. If you have an older home with single-paned windows, making sure you have storm windows will keep the heat in and the cold out, and your energy bills will be significantly lower. Installing storm doors will do the same; they’re the first line of defense against the cold weather when you open your doors.

Weatherproofing, performing regular home maintenance, and knowing how to get your home ready for winter are proven to save money, protecting your property and investments. If you don’t feel comfortable doing any of the processes yourself, immediately contact a skilled individual to assist you. Happy weatherproofing!
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