Five Things to Help Prepare your Home for Winter

As we move into the fall season it’s time to start preparing for the chilly weather ahead. Here is a list of 5 easy things you can do to help get your home winter ready.

Eavestrough Clean

1. Clean your eavestroughs.

Falling leaves quickly build up in gutters and downspouts which can prevent your roof from draining properly. Inadequate drainage can result in many issues ranging icy sidewalks to flooded basements. A couple hours spent cleaning your gutters each fall can save you from some major headaches down the road.

2. Inspect your furnace.

For a small fee, a qualified furnace technician can inspect your furnace to make sure it’s in good working order for the coming winter. Any necessary maintenance or repairs will be cheaper and more convenient if you tackle them ahead of time rather than waiting until you lose heat on a cold winter’s night.

Reverse Your Fan

3. Reverse your
ceiling fan.

By turning your ceiling fan clockwise, you will create a gentle updraft that helps force warm air at the ceiling back down toward the occupied space. Circulating the air in this way will give your home a more consistent temperature and help eliminate cold and hot spots.

Disconnect Hose

4. Disconnect your garden hose.

Many homes are now equipped with frost free exterior hose bibs so they don’t need to be shut off in the winter. However, if you leave your garden hose hooked up water in the hose can back up into the fitting as it freezes and potentially burst the pipe. Make sure your hose is disconnected before freezing temperatures arrive. And if you don’t know whether or not your hose bib is frost free, make sure you shut it off. Better safe than sorry.

Put Away Seasonal Furniture

5. Put away seasonal furniture.

It seems like a no brainer but people often forget to put away deck chairs and cushions until after the first snowfall. By storing your furniture in a protected space you’ll ensure they don’t wear out prematurely.

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