How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather
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    The winter season will be here before you know it, and with it will come harsh weather conditions and very low temperatures.

    That combination can wreak havoc on your home and your energy bill.

    So how can you prepare your home properly for the winter weather that lies ahead?

    Check out the tips below for some much-needed help.

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Make Sure Cold Air Stays Outside

If there are any areas throughout your home that could benefit from new or extra insulation, such as your attic or basement, now is the time to get the job done. But don’t forget to also check your windows and your siding. If there are any gaps between a window or a doorframe and the siding of your house, try to measure them. If they’re wider than the width of a nickel, it’s time to reapply professional quality exterior caulk in order to insulate these areas and prevent cold air from getting into your home and causing you to waste energy as you raise the temperature to heat your house. Just stick with silicone caulk, as that’s the best option for exterior use since it will be strong against the elements and it won’t shrink over time.

Clear Out Your Gutters

If the gutters on your house are full of debris, such as leaves and sticks that have fallen into them throughout the autumn, you need to clear those out, as water could end up backing up against the property and causing damage to your siding, wood trim, and roof. This could also result in ice dams and leaks.

You can try to clean your gutters out on your own, but if that isn’t possible, you can hire professionals. As you clean the gutters, also search for any areas of the gutters that may be damaged or missing so that you can make repairs before winter hits.

Add Extensions to Your Downspouts

To further keep water away from your home, especially in the winter when it can freeze and cause a lot more damage, simply add extensions to your downspouts and set them up so that any rainwater that falls will end up running 3 to 4 feet away from your foundation, at a minimum.

Make Sure Your Heating System is Still Working Properly

Contact a company that’s known for its heating and cooling Phoenix professionals, as they’ll be able to determine whether or not your heating system is still functioning properly before the cold weather hits. A qualified technician will be able to thoroughly inspect your heat pump or furnace and check that the entire system is in good condition and clean. This will ensure that your heating system will operate without interruption, that there aren’t any carbon monoxide leaks, and that it will work as efficiently as possible to save you money on your heating bill. 

Once your home has been fully prepared for the coming winter season, you can settle in and relax because you’ll be warm and comfortable even when the weather outside becomes frightful.

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