Even though many of us are enjoying the last days of summer and welcoming fall, it’s never too late to prepare your home colder weather. Not only should you break out your winter boots, take your wool sweaters out of storage, and make sure your car is winter-ready, but you also need to make sure your home is ready for colder weather.
Whether you own or rent, there are some things you can do to ensure you stay warm and safe this winter.
Seal Around Windows and Consider Weather Stripping
Unless you have brand new windows and doors, there’s a good chance that you lose a little bit of heat (and feel the chill of winter) coming and going through the windows and doors. Weatherstripping is an affordable and energy-saving solution to wasting money on heating in the winter.
If you rent, you can find weatherstripping products that are only designed for one year. Install it before winter and take it down when the weather warms up. You could also talk to the property owner about a more permanent solution.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning gutters is one of those things that most homeowners don’t think about until a problem arises. The best time to clear out your gutter is when you’re outside already doing yard cleanup. Preferably after all the leaves and acorns have fallen for the season.
When you’re clearing leaves and debris out of your gutters, always have someone working with you to “spot” you while you’re on the latter. Or, just be there if you need help. If you have a small home improvement budget, you might want to consider having covers or screens put on your gutters, so you don’t need to do this task every fall.
Have Your Salt, Shovel, and Snowblower on Hand
Depending on where you live, it’s not unheard of to experience a snow or ice storm in October. When snow and ice arrive, many people are unprepared for caring for their sidewalks and driveways. To protect yourself and others from slip and fall accidents outside of your home, have sidewalk salt or sand available and keep your area cleared and safe.
Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
With the time change coming up, it’s an excellent time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You should change their batteries.
House fires and carbon monoxide leaks are possible year-round but more prevalent in colder months. Taking a few minutes to make sure your detector’s work is lifesaving.
Have Your HVAC System Maintenanced
Most people don’t take care of their HVAC system until the heat goes out in the middle of winter. When your furnace doesn’t work properly, not only is it dangerous for you when the temperatures drop. It’s more expensive if it’s considered an emergency.
HVAC companies keep busy during the colder months. It’s best to make an appointment to get your furnace, or other heating source checked out. This will help make sure it’s ready to go when you need heat.