Thursday, August 15, 2019 / by Ashley Lay
This fall has yet to drop into truly cold temperatures but you never know what kind of winter weather might be around the corner! Check out these easy steps to prepare your home for the cold then hunker down with some hot chocolate and a good book to wait out winter weather!
1. Clean Gutters & Check for Loose Shingles
Leaves and sticks clog gutters in the fall and can create a mess and could even turn dangerous in a bad snow or ice storm. Clean those gutters out after the last of the leaves fall, and while you’re up there check for any shingles that autumn gusts may have broken loose!
2. Examine Doors & Windows
It’s easy for weatherstripping and caulking to wear out on, but this easy fix can cause costly repairs and inefficiencies if not addressed. Check for any spots where warm air can escape or water can seep in. Scrap away cracked or peeling caulk and re-apply a silicone weatherproof caulk in just a few hours. And most weatherstripping is as simple as peel and stick! Consider adding storm doors and windows and “draft snakes” under doors for extra energy savings and a boost in your home’s value!
3. Reverse Ceiling Fans
We know it sounds crazy. But check this out: most people don’t know that ceiling fans have a switch than turns the fan direction from “counterclockwise” to ‘”clockwise.” Clockwise rotations push warm air that risen up to the ceiling back down towards you!
4. Replace Filters
Change out those large, square filters in the wall to keep your HVAC’s efficiency high and energy costs low. Basic filters and typically pretty affordable and can be changed out easily in a couple minutes.
5. Check Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Winter sees an uptick in house fires due to the use of furnaces, an increase in cooking, Christmas trees and other decorations. Most local fire departments will check your smoke detectors for free and replace the batteries if needed. And please, if you have a live Christmas tree, keep it well watered! A dry tree can go up in flames in seconds.