While most of us can’t do anything about the short days and colder temperatures, we can make sure our homes are warm and comfortable. By doing these few simple tasks, not only can we keep our homes warm, but we can also save a few extra bucks for the holidays.
Now is the time to take a look at your roof. Shingles can look like they’re in good condition from the ground, but they can be cracked, curled and wind damaged when you take a closer look. And when there is a problem, there is no way to fix it in the winter. That foot of snow will find its way through your damaged roof and into your attic causing mold and mildew.
Many of us don’t realize just how important our rain gutters are!! If your rain gutters are clogged with leaves they cannot properly drain, which means in the middle of winter you have a giant ice cube hanging above your head just waiting for the perfect moment to fall. Also, when your gutters are unable to drain, water drains where it shouldn’t! Now you have water draining in your window wells and down the inside of your walls! To prevent all of this, double check your gutters and make sure they are properly draining.
Nobody loves being cuddled on the couch and feeling a draft of cold air flowing through your home! This happens when the weather stripping and door sweeps are worn. Before it gets too cold, be sure to check doors and windows to make sure these are still in good condition. If they aren’t, do not wait until you’re doing this project with the door open in 15-degree weather.
One thing is pretty much certain: If you leave your hose on the hose bib all winter, you’re pipes will freeze and then break in the spring. When that valve is turned next March you’ll find your basement will be filled with water. To avoid a basement swimming pool make sure there are no hoses attached to any of your hose bibs. Also, make sure the hose bib is securely attached to your home so you can’t pull the hose out of the house.
Most people ignore their heating and cooling systems until they go out. In order to keep you safe, you need to get your furnace serviced regularly. Make sure you have a good filter and that it is properly installed so it doesn’t lean, fall or lift improperly when the air flow happens.
If you have a swamp cooler, get rid of it; central air is better in every single way. Until then, make sure the pan and all the lines are drained and the supply line is disconnected. Next, make sure unit is protected against drafting cold air into your home and the power is off. Wouldn’t hurt to take the motor out and bring it in, as well.