Preparing Your Home for Winter
Even as we enjoy some of the last warm and sunny days of the year, the changing colours of the leaves and the crispness in the air tell us that winter will soon be upon us. But before the cold and snow hit, it is important to make sure that your home is ready for the season. By getting your home ready for winter now, you can help ensure that your home is not only warm and comfortable during the colder months, but it can also help you financially because you will be able to save on your heating bills and will be more likely to avoid emergency HVAC and plumbing repairs.
The following are a few things that you can do now to prepare your home for winter.
1. Prep the Plumbing
Before the mercury dips below zero, you will want to drain your outdoor faucets and any underground sprinkling systems. Roll up your garden hose and bring it in for the season.
You should also identify any indoor pipes you have that may be prone to freezing and consider wrapping them with heat tape.
Finally, you should make sure that everyone in your household knows how to turn the water off in the house so that they can minimize damage in the worst-case scenario of a pipe bursting.
2. Get your Furnace Serviced
The time for a routine maintenance check on your furnace is now. By having your furnace professionally inspected and serviced during the autumn months, you can be sure that it will run efficiently when you really need it. And if you have an older thermostat, consider replacing it with one that you can program in order to save on energy.
And don’t forget to change your air filters!
3. Make sure Windows and Doors are Properly Sealed
No matter how efficient your furnace is, you will be wasting money on energy if all that nice warm air is escaping through tiny holes around your windows and doors. Before winter hits, inspect your windows and doors for drafts.
Small drafts are often easy to fix with a little weather stripping, but older windows and doors may need to be replaced.
4. Clean out your Eavestroughs
All year round – but especially in the fall – your home’s gutters can fill up with leaves and other debris. This can cause them to overflow and become less effective in diverting water from your home. Eavestroughs should be cleared of this debris before winter so they can divert rain and melting snow away from your home.
You should also ensure that your home’s downspouts divert water at least five feet away from your home.
5. Trim Trees and Bushes
Make sure that any overgrown trees or bushes on your property are trimmed back so that they are away from your home and electrical wires. This will help to minimize any damage they might cause should limbs be broken by ice and snow.
Preparing your home for winter may seem like a chore but when you realize how much money and hassle it can save you down the road, putting in a little time and effort now doesn’t seem nearly as onerous.
Finally remember that as much as you try to avoid problems, the unforeseen can still happen and it is important to have the right home insurance in place when it does. To learn more about your home insurance options, contact ICD Insurance today.