As the temperature begins to get chillier, it is important for all homeowners to take the time to prepare their home for the cold winter months as well as the elements and exposure that come with the season. Luckily, winter prep doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Here are 5 inexpensive ways to prep your home for winter weather this fall.
- If you have a chimney in your home, call the chimney sweep for routine maintenance before the winter months. It is important to make sure that your wood-burning fireplace is clean and free of build up and debris before use. This will ensure that you are able to enjoy the fireplace all winter long with a home-warming, cozy fire to heat your house effectively. The chimney sweep will come in to inspect and clean your chimney. They can also check the damper to make sure it is working properly and to ensure that the chimney is capped with screens to keep any animals or large items out.
- Reverse your ceiling fan. In the warmer months, the ceiling fan should be set to turn counter clockwise, however in the winter you need to switch it to a clockwise rotation. This motion helps to circulate the air, drawing warm air, which rises naturally, down from the ceiling and into the rest of the room.
- Do some maintenance for your windows. The fall is an ideal time to clean and wash your windows thoroughly. Ideally this should be done once in the spring and once in the fall. You can use a brand name cleaner or make your own using some white vinegar and water. While you’re cleaning, you will also be able to check for any cracks and leaks in the windows. This can be repaired with caulk that can easily be purchased at your local home and garden center. Caulking around the window frames will ensure that your home is air tight and sealed, helping to improve its energy efficiency and to stay warmer during the cold winter months.
- Clean out your gutters. During the fall, Lots of debris will end up in your gutters, especially fallen leaves as well as dirt and seeds! Be sure to clean these out before the winter months to ensure runoff water will be able to flow through without spilling over. Clean the gutters by scooping out any large debris like leaves. Then proceed by flushing water through the gutters to wash away any clinging residue left behind. While you’re up there, be sure to look for any cracks or damage so that you can repair them before they become a much larger issue.
- Protect your home’s pipes from the cold. If not properly prepared, your home’s pipes could freeze during the winter months as water inside freezes. In the worst case scenario, this could result in your pipes bursting. To prevent freezing, wrap your pipes in a blanket of insulation made of foam. Usually this foam will have a slit so you just need to cut the size piece you need slip it over and around the pipe and seal it shut with adhesive or duct tape.
If you take the time to prepare your home with these 5 prepping tips, your home will be all set for the winter season. You will be able to enjoy the winter months at ease, knowing your home with remain comfortable and intact, so that you can worry about other topics like choosing the best plants for your home or selecting paint colors for your living room.