The new season has started and a lot of families are already feeling the Christmas season. You may even see families starting to decorate and prepare for Christmas. However, in this season, Christmas is not the only thing you should be prepared for. The winter season can not be only brutal in terms of the weather, but can also be brutal with your bank account. Thus, it is a must that you make your home winter ready, and in return, keeping your wallet intact all through next year. The tips that you will find below may be of help to you when it comes to keeping your home ready for winter.
Keeping Warm. Keeping your home warm in the winter is probably on top of your priority list. If you already have a fireplace installed in your house, it is just a matter of keeping the wood burning or turning your fireplace on to keep your house warm in the winter. However, it is a must that you inspect your fireplace and see if it is clean and ready for use. If not, there is a risk of fire and carbon monoxide build-up.
For your heating system, make sure that every filter and air duct is thoroughly cleaned. Having them cleaned before using them for winter will make them ready for hot air circulation. In addition, your heating system will not work as much because warm air can easily circulate around the house as a result of having clean filters and air ducts. Also, you should make sure that your house is properly insulated in the winter. Check if your insulation is in good shape. If not, have it fixed or replaced.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Before the winter season starts, you should see to it that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are functioning properly. These detectors are must-haves especially when you have a fireplace in your home. If you don’t have these detectors installed, then you should find some time to shop for one. You can easily have this installed in your home. These detectors should come with an easy-to-understand-manual that you can easily follow. If you are not confident installing these detectors on your own, you can always ask help from someone who knows how to do it for you.
Plumbing. Your plumbing and pipes are susceptible to freezing and bursting in the winter season. It is a must that you are ready and equipped to have your exterior pipes insulated. You can use heat tapes or heating lamps to keep your pipes warm in the winter. You can also cover your exterior pipes with heating foam to keep them from freezing. Insulating your pipes does not really guarantee that they are freeze-proof. However, proper insulation will slow down the freezing process giving you the chance to address any freezing pipes.
Window and Door Seals. The cold weather is never friendly to anyone or anything. This means that your windows and doors may also suffer from it. Cause and effect will tell you that you will also suffer if this happens. Thus, you should check the seals of your windows and doors. Make sure that cold air is not leaking from the seals of your doors or windows. If it does, you can address this by using a bead of caulk to cover the cracks. Putting on your storm windows will also provide added protection from the cold weather. Having this done will also be friendly to your heating system and insulation.
There are numerous home improvement tips that you can try to make your home winter ready. However, the items mentioned above are the most common and simplest tips that you can apply to your home. Good luck to your home improvement, and keep warm in the winter!