Negative temperatures are slowly setting in for the season and your home will definitely begin to feel those effects. Winter home care is extremely important to keep your home in good shape as it endures the full force of snow, frost, and high winds. Here are a few ways you can prep your home for winter’s toughest conditions.
Begin your preparations by creating a winter home maintenance checklist. Every home is unique, so planning what your home needs is integral. By creating this list, you can keep this to reference each year as the seasons change.
The outside of your home is what will be hit the hardest by the frigid winter weather. Inspecting your home for cracks in the foundation, loose or missing roof shingles, or gaps between windows or door frames. It is important to look for cracks in your foundation as this could be a problem if there is a crack and the snow begins to melt, it can cause flooding to the basement level of your home. If there are any damages on your roof, it is important to fix them as soon as possible to avoid any leaks on the upper level of your home.
The gaps in between door frames and windows should be filled with caulk to avoid the cold air filling your home. If you don’t notice the gaps, you are likely to turn up the heat in your home to make up for your home being colder than usual, which will raise your energy bills substantially. Be sure to also check your exterior faucets and ensure that your pipes are drained. Any undrained water in the pipes can freeze, which can cause pipes to burst when the ice expands. You can start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that is remaining and turn off the valve to exterior water.
Checking up on your appliances that will be working hard through the winter is a crucial first step. Your furnace or heat pump should be cleaned and inspected for any potential repairs at the beginning of each season so you can guarantee the safety and efficiency of your appliances.
If you enjoy spending your winter by a cozy fire, you should ensure that your fireplace is ready to be used. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned of debris to keep your home safe while burning a crackling fire. There are plenty of variables that comes with having an open flame in your home, so ensuring your family’s safety should be a top priority.
If you are looking to save money this winter, invest in a programmable smart thermostat. These brilliant pieces of technology can save you up to approximately $180 on fuel costs each year. Add to your smart home by allowing this thermostat to automatically adjust your home’s temperature while you’re away. The longer you use the smart thermostat, it detects patterns in your home activity and will continue to learn when your heat should be at its highest to keep your family warm all season long!