Winterizing your house from top to bottom
The Roof – Now is the best time to inspect the roof for missing or worn shingles to prevent roof leaks. If it is not possible to safely check the roof yourself, consult a professional to have a look. While you have the ladder out, have a look at the gutters. Scoop out any debris, clean the drains and downspouts. You may also want to consider installing gutter extensions to direct water away from the house.
The Attic – Checking to make sure your attic is properly insulated will go a long way to keep the home warm in the winter months. Adding extra insulation may be required – a professional can be consulted to ensure your attic is up to code.
Heat and Furnace Inspection – If you have a chimney, it is important to check for creosote and have the chimney swept, if necessary. Consider capping the top to keep any small animals out. Check around the home for any spots that would allow cold air entry and seal them off to cut down on heating costs. Call a professional to inspect the furnace, clean the ducts, and replace furnace filters. It is recommended the filters are changed every 4 to 6 weeks. If you don’t already have one, consider installing a programmable thermostat – another inexpensive and easy way to cut down on home heating costs.
Plumbing – Preventing plumbing freezes is another important step in the winterizing process. Insulate any exposed plumbing pipes, drain garden hoses and locate your water main shut off in case of an emergency. Air conditioner pipes should be drained and the water valve shut off.
Safety – Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are in good working order, and have extra batteries on hand. In case of emergency, ensure your fire extinguisher is in good working order and less than 10 years old.
Source Jason Kays, Mortgage BrokersCity.Com