Are you feeling the cold bite of winter around the corner?
If so, it’s time to get out your checklist and begin your winter chores. As it turns out, owning a home means winter-proofing your home in addition to yourself. While this isn’t the most exciting process, it’s absolutely essential for anyone and everyone that owns a home in a climate that experiences winter.
In winterizing your home, you can ensure that all of your utilities function correctly and that you’re preserving your home in the best way possible. This is going to elongate the life of both your utilities as well as your home overall.
Turn off Your Outside Water Supply
Come winter, the odds are that you’re not using your outdoor water supply all that often.
As the weather gets colder, it’s recommended that you turn off your outside water supply. This is going to prevent your pipes from freezing or bursting and wreaking havoc on your home.
You’re also going to want to disconnect your garden hose from the outdoor faucet.
Trim Your Vegetation
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, it’s important to consider your garden come wintertime.
Of course, it’s easy to forget about your garden after the first snowfall. But, winterizing your garden isn’t all that time consuming or complicated. All that you need to do is prune the vegetation that touches any wall of your home’s exterior.
In harsh conditions, any touch of greenery can erode the brick or siding of your home. With siding, this can also damage and discolour the panels. Considering how expensive exterior housing materials can be, it’s best to do everything we can to preserve their longevity.
Clean The Furnace
Ah, yes, the furnace clean.
It’s safe to say that cleaning your furnace is one of the most important elements in winterizing your home. In all honesty, preparing your furnace for winter can be a little intimidating for a first-time homeowner. This is because all furnaces are different and the serving of the furnace incorporates many different elements from cleaning and vacuuming to changing filters.
This is why so many first-time homeowners choose to hire a professional to conduct their first furnace transition. You can even watch and learn alongside the service worker to better prepare yourself for the next winter.
The good news? This is an incredibly routine inspection that isn’t all that expensive.
Close out the Gaps
Let’s help out our heating bill, shall we?
Do yourself a favor and close out the gaps in your doors and windows. If you’re not exactly handy with a hammer, don’t fret. This is a simple and affordable task that any and every homeowner can do.
All you need is a caulking gun and the caulking itself. Check for little gaps or traces of air along your door and window frames. Run the caulking along the frames and allow it to dry.
Clean Your Eavestroughs
Come winter, it’s time to climb the ladder and tackle those eavestroughs.
After the onset of fall, our eavestroughs are going to be full of leaves, sticks and debris. Unless we remove such debris, these items are going to collect over time and cause all sorts of blockage issues come winter. This means that water is going to collect between said debris and can freeze with cooler temperatures.
To prevent such freezing, it’s imperative to remove all debris from the eavestroughs. With this, the water will move freely and will avoid freezing down the line.
Cover Your Air Conditioner
When it comes to covering your air conditioner, many homeowners are divided on whether this is a necessary winterizing task.
The truth is, most air conditioning units are built to endure harsh winters. But, if you want to be extra careful or preserve a high-end system, it’s always beneficial to go the extra mile and opt for coverage.
The reality is that snow can freeze the air conditioner’s condenser coils. Overtime, this can cause irreversible damage to the unit itself. In simply providing the air conditioner with a cover, you’re minimizing this risk and adding a layer of protection.
Change the Ceiling Fan
Last but not least, it’s time to change the direction of the ceiling fan. This is one of the most common winter-proofing activities that homeowners tend to forget about. While it’s not entirely essential, it’s going to help minimize your heating bill.
In changing the direction of the fan, you’re now circulating the warm temperatures throughout the room. A clockwise rotation will naturally push warm air into the room. This will help to keep your house warm and as highly functioning as possible.
It’s Time to Get Started
Before the next major snowstorm, it’s time to pull up your socks and start winterizing your home!
All of these tasks can easily be accomplished on a Sunday afternoon at home. Once you complete these tasks, you can transition into winter mode knowing that your home is ready for that blast of cold weather.
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