Home winter preparations

When fall is gone, everyone embarks on preparing the home for the cold winter weather. Preparing your home for this season should be considered by homeowners before the season starts. The following steps will help you to lower your home bills and protect your home.

Reverse the ceiling fans

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If you have a ceiling fan, then you need to reverse it so that the fan blades rotate in a clockwise direction after turning your heat on. The fan produces an updraft and then pushes down the heated air into your room from the ceiling. This is particularly useful for rooms that have high ceilings and can allow you to lower your degrees for more energy savings.

Clean your eaves

This is not a difficult task, but it is important. Clogged eavestroughs can cause the formation of ice dams that can tear off your gutters, loosen the shingles and leave the roof vulnerable to leakages. You need to climb to your roof’s edge then dig out the debris carefully. This ensures that nothing restricts water from flowing and there remains no stagnant water in the gutter. While doing this, ensure you clear your gutter.

Prevent ice dams

If your home had ice dams, or icicles during the previous winter that may cause meltwater to flow into your, then you have to prevent any potential damage during the winter period. Get help from home energy contractors and fix inadequate insulation and air leaks on your house.

Check the roof

If it is not easy accessing the roof, then you can use binoculars to help you inspect the shingles. Look out for any loose, damaged or missing shingles which can leak due to melting snow of the storms during winter.

Shutoff exterior faucets

The temperatures during winter may lead to freezing and bursting of your pipes inside the home. Locate all the shut-off valves leading to the outside faucets and close them. You also need to drain the excess water inside the lines. Drain also the interior pipes in the unheated areas of your house like the attic.

Chimney sweep

chimneyBefore burning logs, ensure that the fireplace, vents as well as chimneys are cleaned and repaired. This will prevent carbon monoxide and chimney fires from creeping into the house. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, then have the chimney cleaned and inspected by a certified inspector to lower the risk of fires.

You need to do to get your home prepared for winter. These are some of the essential things that you need to check out before the winter season starts.