How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Ready or not, winter is coming. The falling snow and cooler temperatures inside your home makes you want to get comfy on your sofa or bed with a hot drink. However, outside, things are quite different. Storms can be fierce and may damage your home if you’re not adequately prepared.

Fortunately, home winterization doesn’t require you to spend hundreds of dollars. In fact, with proper planning and organization, you don’t need to spend lots of money to get your home ready for winter. Here are a few tips to help you.

Check Your Home’s Heating and Air Conditioning System

Your HVAC system worked hard to cool your home during the summer. You may want to call an HVAC professional to inspect the system and confirm everything is okay.

The last thing you want is a system that keeps breaking down in the middle of winter, leaving you in the cold. Hire a professional HVAC technician to check every component and test the system. If there are problems, you can fix them while the temperatures are still moderate.

Check for Drafts and Leaks

Leaks and drafts from cracked walls, doors, and windows prevent proper heating, which increases energy bills. The cracks allow cold air to enter and mix with warm air. Use caulk around doors and windows to seal holes, openings, and cracks. You can also insulate your attic, doors, and windows to prevent heat loss.

Get Your Roof Inspected

The most critical step in preparing your home for winter is ensuring your roof is ready for rainfall that will likely last more than five months. If you’re unable to do it yourself, you can hire a home builder or roof contractor to inspect the roof for you.

They will check for loose shingles and any wear that could be a potential risk to your safety. If they find any damage, they can fix it by replacing shingles and other minor repairs.

Clean Gutters

While experts recommend doing this before the start of every season, it’s even more important to clean your gutters before winter. If you live in an area with heavy snow, your home must be strong enough to bear the extra weight.

If your gutters are not strong, they can fall from the weight of the ice. Your gutters play a crucial role in draining the water properly and preventing water damage. When they’re clogged, water may flood around the roof, causing damage to your roof and home foundation.

Cut Loosely Hanging Tree Branches

Winter storms can wreak havoc on the structures around your home, including trees. Loosely hanging branches may fall on top or side of your house, potentially damaging the roof or breaking a window. It’s even worse if someone gets injured in the process. For heavily snowed areas, the weight of the snow can cause the branches to break and fall.

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