CHANGE YOUR FILTERS
Before you turn on the heat this winter you should make sure to have a new air filter in your furnace.
REMOVE GARDEN HOSES
Removing the garden hoses is a simple, but a very important task to winterize your home. If you don’t remove the hose your pipes can crack allowing water to seep through. You may not even realize that you have a crack until you find the water damage in the house.
CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
If you have trees near your gutters you will want to check them for leaves. Leaves and sticks can build up in your gutters and stop the flow of water. When the water freezes it can damage the gutters or your house. A gutter scoop is a great way to quickly get all the leaves from the gutters.
REPLACE WEATHER STRIPPING
Take a few minutes to inspect the weather-stripping on the doors. Any weather-stripping that is torn or missing should be replaced. It only takes about 15 minutes to replace and really helps keep the cold drafts out.
Do you have a working chimney? If you do you should have it inspected every year. Creosote can build up along the walls of a chimney and cause problems or even a fire. A proper chimney inspection will tell if your chimney is in good working order or if you need to have it cleaned.
CAULK ANY GAPS
Check your windows and around the trim on your house for gaps. Often after years the caulk around windows can wear away or the gaps get bigger. You can save yourself a lot of future damage by filling the gaps. It will not only help seal any air leaks to keep the cold out, but will also prevent rain or snow from getting into the gaps and causing rot or mold.
Don’t spend all of your money on utility bills this winter. By taking the time to do these simple tips you can save yourself some time and money later.