Now that the colder months are upon us, prepping and preparing your home for the cold is very important. You do not want a snowstorm and cold weather to hit before you are prepared.
Your home can quickly deteriorate if you do not properly take care of it. There are many things that you can do to prepare your home for the cold and possible snowy weather.
The first thing to do is check your heating and cooling system. You do not want to wake up one morning to see your breath in your home and find out that your heating system is not working. One of the most important things you can do at the very least is change your filters. Another thing to do for checking your heating and cooling system is to get it inspected by a professional HVAC contractor.
If you have a fireplace in your home, clean your chimney. If you know how to do this, then you can do it yourself, if not hire a professional chimney sweep company to do it. You want to make sure it is safe to use. Inspect your old firewood to make sure it is not rotten and if it is, move it away from your home. Order new firewood, if needed, and make sure to stack it properly in a good location.
Check your windows for any air leaks and if there are any, make sure to seal them up to save on your energy bill. There are a few ways that you can seal up your windows such as using v-seal weather stripping, rope caulk, shrink film, and more.
Winter is the time of year where most house fires happen. Check and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly and check the batteries. Replace the batteries if they are old. Winter is the time where the heat is on full blast and fireplaces are going. Windows are closed so the home is closed up, so carbon monoxide is a bigger problem. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector, look into getting one.
Inspect your roof for any leaks. You do not want to discover roof leaks after it snows. Look for missing or broken shingles or cracked caulk or rust spots. Some repairs are easy to do yourself but if it is a big repair, hire a roofing company.
If you have patio furniture, look into getting covers, if you don’t already have them, to protect the furniture. If you have a place to move them inside, like a garage or shed, do that as well.
If you live in an area where it snows, make sure your snow shovels are in good condition and if you have a snowblower, fire it up so see if it still works before the snow hits. Take the inventory of your salt situation and see if you need to buy more so you can prepare your walkways and driveway with salt when the snow does hit.