It isn’t just you who needs to get ready for the coldest time of the year. Have you done a whole house check to prepare your home this winter? It’s not yet too late! Here are 5 easy tips to get your home ready for the cold season.
- Test your thermostat. Don’t ever forget to check the proper operation of your thermostat. Even if it looks just fine last summer, it’s still best to try it’s accuracy in heating your home.
- Clean the furnace area. Don’t fire up your furnace without removing all the materials you placed around it last summer. There can be flammable materials which are potential fire hazard. The last thing you want to happen is to see your investments burn to ashes.
- Schedule a professional inspection on your heating system. Unless you’re ready to fight the cold without your furnace or any heating devices, never forget to prepare your units. The best way to start it is through an HVAC inspection and maintenance.
- Inspect your chimneys. Winter won’t pass without you burning some woods in your fireplace. It’s important to clean your chimneys before you create your first fire. Bird nests and other flammable materials can get into your chimney and might flare up when you start to use it.
- Cut those trees short. Pay extra attention on those trees near your power lines and windows. They may accidentally break and fall into your property and cause great damages. Ice buildup can also add up to the weight and bring those limbs down.
- Check weather stripping. You put weather stripping in your doors and windows last time but time and other elements may have caused it to crack. As early as today, start checking the weather stripping and replace if necessary.
- Prepare emergency materials. Always expect the unexpected. Be sure to put those extra matches, batteries, non-perishable goods, potable water, medical supplies and other emergency kits at arm reach. If you have generators, it’s good to keep it ready and properly maintained.