Winterize Your Home Starting Now
Fall is here, and now is the best time to start preparing your home for winter. Here in Texas, sometimes this time of year still feels like summer and it is hard to think of preparing for the winter so early, but it is to your advantage to get your home in order and ready. We are lucky this week the temperatures are somewhat falling and it is actually starting to feel like fall to me.
Things you should do now to prepare your home for winter
- Have your chimney cleaned
- If you burn your fireplace during the winter it is necessary to have your chimney cleaned periodically. This protects your family from a potential house fire, and it also prevents carbon monoxide from back flowing back into your home. Make sure your chimney is cleaned by a professional.
- Have your vents cleaned
- Similar to having your chimney cleaned, you want to do the same with the vents in your home. Keeping your vents clean and clear will increase the air quality in your home, and also help to prevent fires.
- Get your furnace inspected
- You know the saying, and ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is so true when it comes to your furnace. Having an annual inspection of your furnace can help prevent costly repairs down the road. You for sure do not want to be stuck on the first day of cold weather without heat. It happens too often where people go to turn on the furnace and it simply will not turn at the time it is needed. Having an inspection in advance will keep your family safe and warm when cold weather strikes.
- Caulk your windows and doors
- Energy loss can be a huge problem for your pocketbook. You should check all of your doors and windows for cracks and gaps where the frames meet the interior and exterior of your home. You should fill all cracks and gaps with a silicone caulk. This will keep your home more energy efficient and you will not be literally throwing money out the window by spending more on heating costs during the winter.
- Clean out your gutters
- This one may need to be done several times during the fall, depending on the amount of trees near your home. As the beautiful leaves fall from the trees, they can block up your gutters which will ultimately cause water to back up, which in turn can cause damage to your roof, siding or wood trim. This can be more of an issue if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow during the winter, however if the blockages are not cleared this will again cause issues during spring showers. Basically you need to keep the gutters cleared out year round due to rain and snow that can cause water damage in the long run.
- Inspect the roof
- Physically going up on the roof to check for missing or loose shingles is a necessity. A damaged roof can leak during rain, sleet, or snow storms, so this is something you need to fix right away and not start worrying about it once the leak occurs.
All of the tasks I mentioned can be handled by a handyman. Depending on their level of expertise and equipment they possess they should be able to do most of the tasks. Things like cleaning the chimney or furnace inspection may need to be reserved for a specialist in that area, but your handyman should be able to let you know if they can or cannot do those tasks for you. Also keep in mind this is a very small informal list of items that may need to be completed around your home. There are plenty of other obvious things like bringing in hoses, insulating water spouts, etc. I simply wanted to point out a few things you may not have thought of to prepare for this coming winter.
Ladies, you all know if your husband’s honey-do list becomes too long he will run out of time before winter gets here and you will be left with a home that is not necessarily protected as well as it should be. We know your husband’s are busy, and that is why we are here to help. Be sure to contact us today to get a free quote on the work you need to have done around the house.
Prepare for winter, it will be here before you know it.
Here is a great video showing you how to clean gutters if you are a do-it-yourselfer