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How to Prep Your Home for Winter

Category: DIY Tips

November is here and that means it’s now less than a month until winter officially arrives. The winter months can seem daunting when it comes to preparing your home for incoming inclement weather. From frozen pipes to faulty roofs to a drafty house, there’s a lot to manage before the cold gets here.

We’re here to help, though!

Getting ready for winter really isn’t as complicated as it seems and if you take it step by step and do it all before the weather becomes threatening, you’ll feel much better about what you’ve accomplished for your home. You’ll feel safer and can relax next to that cozy fireplace (which, by the way, you’ll have cleaned too!)

Check out our top tips for winter home preparation below.

 

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Tune up your heating system:

It’s important to get your furnace and heat pump inspected for maximum efficiency in the winter weather. Contact your local HVAC or repair company to come out and have your equipment serviced. This goes for generators as well as they need regular check ups too!

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Check your roof:

Look for damaged, loose, or missing shingles and get them repaired as soon as you can before winter weather strikes. Roofs may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow and you’ll end up with the potential for water damage inside your home.

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Caulk your windows and doors:

If gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk to keep out cold drafts. Here’s a pro-tip: silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and is impervious to the elements!

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Clean your gutters:

If your gutters are full of debris, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim — plus it is more likely to cause leaks and ice dams.

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Sweep the chimney:

Before you burn logs, make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. This prevents fires and the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning.

And of course…stock up on essentials:

Don’t wait for the first winter storm to hit to restock cold-weather essentials, such as ice melt, shovels, space heaters, generators, batteries, gloves, and more. Visit us for anything you may need in advance and check out our website for what’s in stock!

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