As the weather cools down and winter starts to creep in, it’s time to prepare your home for the snowy, sub-zero months ahead. Follow these steps to get your home ready for winter and protected from the elements:
1. Prepare Your Heating Source
Perform routine HVAC system maintenance and call a professional to arrange a seasonal service. Before using the fireplace, ensure the chimney and vents are in good condition. Consider upgrading to a smart thermostat and insulating your attic for ultimate comfort and energy savings this winter.
2. Inspect Windows and Doors
Help prevent heat loss and ensure that your windows and doors are sealed tightly. Cold drafts signify that you may need to replace your doors or windows. Check the condition of the weatherstripping if you notice air leaks. If you have to replace your windows or doors, consider the energy-efficient options available.
3. Check Your Roof
Clear debris from your gutters to allow water and melting snow to drain away quickly from your home. Clogged gutters can result in costly leaks. Inspect your roof for damage or missing shingles, and perform roof maintenance if required.
4. Prepare Your Yard
Decrease the risk of property damage and trim back overgrown trees and shrubs that impede your home and electrical wires. To prepare your plumbing, drain outdoor faucets and store the garden hose for winter. Identify any exposed pipes and add padding to prevent them from freezing. To get your lawn ready for winter and help keep it green in summer, aerate and add lawn seed in September, then add winterizer fertilizer in late fall.
5. Get Ready for Snow Removal
Prepare your home for the first winter storm and ensure your snow blower and snow shovels are ready to take on the driveway and sidewalk. Ensure you have snow and ice melting salt and sand on hand before the first storm hits. Visit Lyons & Island TIMBER MART locations for a wide range of snow removal and safety products to get your home ready for winter.