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8 Essential Tips Homeowners Can Use to Prepare for Winter

November 27, 2013

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Winter is almost here and there are some basic preparations you can do in November to make sure your home stays comfortable through the long winter days, as well as avoid any costly repairs that may come from ice and snow accumulation.

  1. Clean out the gutters. Get all of the leaves, acorns, sticks, and other debris that has accumulated throughout September and October out of the gutters. You want to make sure rain and melting snow and ice can flow freely away from the house.
  2. Trim trees and dead branches. Winter winds, heavy snow and ice can do a lot of damage to weakened tree branches. Clear that out now to avoid any home damage or injuries to people on your property.
  3. Check the doors and windows. Go around the house and make sure that all of the windows are closed tight and the doors are sealed well. This will help keep your heating bills down and avoid any damaging condensation on window or doorframes.
  4. Keep the house warm. The temperature in your home should be at least 65 degrees during the winter months. Not only for your comfort, but also to make sure that your pipes don’t freeze. The temperature inside the walls is generally colder than the temperature in the house. If it’s not at least 65 degrees inside, the interior walls could get too cold, the pipes will freeze and you will have a big, expensive mess.
  5. Check your furnace. Make sure your heating system is working well before you really need it. You may want to hire a professional to check and clean the system.  Definitely change or clean the furnace filter to keep the dust down.
  6. Put your hoses away. Bring your hoses into the garage during the winter or they may freeze and crack.
  7. Start up your snow blower. Take the time to make sure you have gas and oil and that your snow blower starts up properly. Check it now so there are no surprises when you really need it to work.
  8. Take a look at your fireplace. If you have a fireplace, check to make sure the cap or screen is still good so no birds or rodents get inside. If you used the fireplace a lot last winter, you might want to have a chimney sweep clean it out. Go buy some firewood to have on hand to celebrate the first snowy night.

Now you can rest easy knowing that your home will be safe and comfortable during the winter.

What other tips would you suggest for winterizing your home?

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