December 21st marks the first day of winter, so now is as good as time as ever to make sure that your home is properly prepared for whatever the upcoming winter has up its sleeve. Preparing your home for winter doesn’t have to be costly and time-consuming, in fact taking the time to prepare your home for winter now, can end up saving you both time and money in the future. Listed below are some tips from the professionals at Window Nation to help you start getting your home ready for winter!
Preparing your home for winter
- Inspect your home’s roof for signs of wear and damage; if any is noticed hire a professional to come assess the situation and repair any damage. Damaged roof tiles can allow thawing snow to leak into your home.
- Clean leaves and other debris out of gutters to make sure that water does not collect and freeze inside of them. Water frozen inside of gutters can lead to water seeping inside of your home and cause major damages.
- Turn off exterior faucets and disconnect hoses – draining any remaining water; doing this will help to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting during the cold winter months.
- Make an appointment with a professional to have your HVAC system inspected and maintained. Have it cleaned, its filters changed, and repair any small problems now that are found.
- Once the heat in your home is turned on for the winter, switch your home’s ceiling fans so that their blades turn clockwise. Switching your home’s fans will ensure that the hot air that rises to the ceiling is pushed back down to help keep your home warmer.
- Replace your homes older windows and doors with energy efficient models. New replacement windows and/or doors help to reduce drafts and energy costs, while helping to keep you and your family warmer this winter.
- Help to keep warm air inside of your home by caulking gaps found around windows and doors, and by installing door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- If your home has a fireplace or wood stove, make sure that before using it your home’s chimney has been cleaned by a professional. It is also a good idea to make sure that the damper remains shut when not in use, if you don’t plan on using your fireplace at all this winter have the chimney flu plugged and sealed.
If new replacement windows and/or doors are needed to get your home ready for this upcoming winter, contact the experienced professionals at Window Nation now. Our experts will be happy to sit down with you and determine which windows are the best fit for your unique home and budget! Contact us today for a free, in-home, estimate!