Preparing Your Home for Colder Weather - NEC Coop
Dec 2, 2021 — Electric Tips at Home, Electrical Safety, Energy Efficiency, Resources
Preparing your home for winter may not seem that important to you at this time of the year, especially when you would rather enjoy the fall foliage and sip pumpkin-spiced lattes. However, before the cold of winter arrives, it’s essential to complete your winterizing projects.
The cold weather, snow, and ice can do real damage to your home, so it’s important for you to set aside some time to prepare it for colder weather before winter takes hold. Create a plan for preparing your property now, so you can protect your investment, lower your utility bills, and rest easy when that first surprise freeze hits.
Prepare the roof
A lot of home winter issues begin with the roof. If you think it’s safe for you and you feel comfortable enough to climb on the roof, check for roof sheeting that has become rusted or loose, and look for any broken tiles. If there are any, replace them immediately. To make the process easier and save yourself the hassle of climbing on the roof, it’s best to hire a professional to do the job.
This is also a great opportunity to ensure that your gutters are draining properly by cleaning them. While you’re at it, install mesh that will help prevent clogged gutters and limit potential future problems with your gutter.
Prepare your lawn
Fall is the best time to support future lawn growth. It’s easy to forget your lawn once snow hits, so there’s no better time than now to start raking the lawn. Check for bald spots, and if there are any, loosen the soil to encourage good air and water flow. Apply fertilizer and reseed as well.
Now’s also a good time to check for dead branches or ailing tree limbs that can potentially cause accidents to people and property. It’s best to contact your local arborist before the cold weather hits.
Inspect your chimney
Those who have a working chimney rely on it heavily during the winter. This means that routine service during the fall season is important, since it will help prevent dangerous toxins from lingering in the air and reduce the risk of fire. If you need help in finding a professional that specializes in cleaning chimneys, the Chimney Safety Institute of America is a helpful resource.
Check your weather stripping
Weather stripping isn’t designed to last forever. In time, it can become cracked, dry, and brittle. Check your weather stripping, and if it’s not sealing well, it’s high time for a replacement. You can easily purchase self-adhesive weather stripping at your local hardware store.
Completing this checklist will not only prepare your home for winter, but will make it more enjoyable once the thermometer dips. It is simpler than you think, so it’s best to get started!
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