Preparing Your Home for Winter
There’s a slight nip in the air, the coats are coming out, and perhaps you’re switching to warmer drinks this season. Winter is fast approaching, and with it come sub-zero temperatures, piles of snow, and icy conditions. That means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your home for the colder weather. Being proactive about getting your home ready is critical here, and will ensure you breeze through the coming months with ease.
In this article, we will walk you through the ultimate winter home preparation tips. Let’s get into it.
It’s the outside of your home that is most susceptible to winter damage. With the cold comes snow, ice, hail, blizzards, and more. Going outside to fix cracks in minus 20-degree weather is likely not your idea of fun! So, here’s what you need to get done before the cold sets in:
Seal all air leaks: Find and fill gaps in your roof, walls, and especially around the windows. These gaps are quickly filled using caulk and foam. The best part is that you’ll find your hydro bill significantly reduced, as you need less heat to keep your space warm! Other suspects are outlets, seal cutouts, and vent stacks and ducts.
Inspect your roof: Your roof is the main factor in maintaining the integrity of your house. For example, damaged shingles can lead to water leakages and let in debris and dust. Check the shingles yourself, and if you need some repair, it’s best to call in a professional.
Get landscaping: It’s easy enough for a tree to get knocked around during a heavy snowstorm. You want to ensure that your trees don’t have dangling branches or damaged trunks that could fall over your house. That could then damage the roof and structural integrity of your home. Thus, be sure to trim any tree limbs to avoid a tree catastrophe!
Get insured: All bets are off when it comes to winter weather. You can take the best of precautions, and there could still be property damage or unforeseen issues. The best way to protect yourself is to get home insurance so you’re prepared for the unexpected. Your home insurance will have you set up in case of burst pipes, damage, roof issues, and much more.
Turn off exterior faucets: As we all know, water left undrained is liable to freeze. This can cause pipes to burst, which can be very challenging to fix in the winter. Be sure to disconnect your garden hose, and turn off all faucets to drain out any stagnant water and drips.
Exterior home insurance can go a long way in preventing damage. With the exterior taken care of, you have the brunt of winter preparation all done. Now it’s time to move inside.
There are some basics that you need to get set up in the interior of your home too. Use the checklist below to ensure you’re warm and safe in the colder temperatures. Here’s what you need to do:
Check your furnace: Your furnace is essential to keeping you comfortable and warm in the winter. You’ll likely need to replace filters and get your unit inspected to ensure it works well in the winter.
Get a programmable thermostat: Did you know that installing a programmable thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars on your fuel expenses? Getting a customizable unit will automatically lower or increase your house’s temperature according to the environment. This keeps temperatures consistent yet comfortable.
Ensure your carbon monoxide detector is set up: Between the intense heating, furnace, and other warming devices, there may be a carbon monoxide buildup in your home. A sensor will alert you to all increases in level and keep you safe through the winter. Be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one. Regularly change your batteries if you do have one to ensure that it’s working well.
Check your chimney: Get your chimney cleaned professionally, and check the passage for any debris. Sometimes, leaves and bird nests can build up there, which can increase the risk of fire. Also, be sure to look for cracks and seal them before they increase in size.
Home insurance: Your interior needs as much love as the outside of your home! Your coverage will ensure your home is warm, safe, and damage-free, both inside and out. Home insurance works well to protect you in the event of a loss.
Getting the interior of your home set up is the last step of winter preparation! You can now rest easy knowing you’ve done everything possible to get ready and avoid unwanted stress down the line.
Whether you’re ready or not, though, winter is on its way. You’ll need to work fast to ensure that you and your family are set up and protected before the ice and snowstorms hit. After all, challenging weather conditions can wreak havoc on your home! In addition to the maintenance, repair, and cleaning comes an all-season must-have: insurance.
At Goodison Insurance, we pride ourselves on providing homeowners with dependable home insurance services, so you can rest assured knowing your property is safe from the damages of winter. By choosing Goodison, you’ll be eliminating the unnecessary stress that stops you from enjoying your time with friends and family.