Tips to Help Prepare Your House for Winter
Posted on November 12th, 2013 by Ferocious Media
The winter months can be harsh on your home. The cold and nasty weather can cause a lot of wear and tear to the exterior and interior of your residents. Taking steps to prepare your house for the winter is quite valuable. The added work that you put in before the winter sets in is worth your time. Having a home in the Northeast, especially in Connecticut, means that you will face some of the nastiest winters the U.S. has to offer.
Clean up your yard
The first thing you can do to prepare for winter is to clean up your yard. The winter months in the Northeast bring a lot of snow, slush, and ice. This is going to require you to shovel and use your snow blower. If you have a shovel or ball left on the ground before the snow falls, you increase your chances of running into it during winter clean-up. You do not want to ruin your snow blower simply because you didn’t clean up your yard before the storms hit. Cleaning your yard is also going to make for an easier spring. When the snow finally melts, you want your grass to be able to easily soak in all that natural water and begin to re-grow.
Cleaning out your gutters
Your gutters are extremely important in the winter. When rain and snow falls, it can build up in your gutters. Once the cold weather sets in, this water is going to ultimately freeze. If your gutters are not cleaned, they will not drain properly. This is going to allow the water to build up and will weigh down the gutters. This can create ice dams that can back into your house under the lip of your roof and could also collapse your gutters. Be sure you clean out your gutters before the winter sets in. Remove all leaves and ensure that they are free to properly drain.
Seal up your chimney
Sealing your chimney is something you can do on your own. You want to ensure your chimney is sealed every five years or so. This is going to prevent leaks through the bricks, block or cement in your chimney. You can do this yourself pretty easily with the use of a clear acrylic seal. You simply can paint it on al around the chimney to ensure water does not get through. This is especially important when ice starts to build up around it.
Replace your filters
You need to stay warm during the winter. One of the easiest and most important things is to change your filter. Your furnace needs a quality filter in order to run properly. Dirty and old filters can waste energy, burning through oil. You want to change out your filter at least once per year. This will help you save energy costs and make for a more efficient forced-air system.
Preparing your home for the winter is important. Clean out your yard and ensure your gutters are clear. If you need a dumpster to throw away your junk, rent one. The Northeast can be treacherous come December, January, and February. Prepare your home early to be ready when that first big storm hits. You will appreciate doing the work when it’s warm once the freeze sets in.