7 Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Winter
The only thing you probably want to do in the fall in your spare time is visit apple orchards and jump in piles of leaves. While it is important to take advantage of this wonderful season, you also want to take the time to make sure your home is ready for the arrival of Old Man Winter. He is one his way, and will arrive before you know it. Use this checklist to make sure you are ready to welcome him.
Plastic Windows - You don't necessarily need to put plastic on all your windows, but if you have a few large ones that you can literally feel cold air pouring through, plastic will put a stop to it. This will cut down on energy bills and keep your home more comfortable. When done properly, you shouldn’t even be able to tell the plastic is there.
Stock up on Bio Ethanol Fuel - There is absolutely nothing better than a warm fire on a cold night. If you don’t already have a ventless fireplace, now is the time to get one. Bio ethanol fuel creates no smoke, odor, or toxic fumes when it burns. Plus, if you stock up you will have plenty to help keep the home a little warmer when the power goes out during a storm.
Furnace Filter - Before you turn that furnace on for the first time; make sure you change that dirty filter.
Reverse the Fan - The blades on your ceiling fans should be rotating clockwise for winter.
Clean Gutters - If you have a lot of debris in your gutters, water that backs up against your house can damage siding and roofing, and cause ice dams and leaks. While you are up there replace or repair damaged or missing gutters and fascia boards.
Turn off Exterior Faucets - Water left in your pipes can freeze. Water expands as it freezes, which can cause pipes to burst. Shut the valve off inside your home, unless you have frost-proof faucets.
Buy Winter Essentials - That cracked shovel that just barely made it through last season will need replacing. You will need salt, as well. You should also stock up on emergency essentials. As mentioned, you will need bio ethanol fuel.
- Brady Draper