With winter rapidly approaching, now is the time to make sure your home is ready for whatever crazy weather gets thrown your way. This list highlights the important parts of getting a house ready for the frigidness of winter. Completing these tasks will help ensure that your home stays safe and warm throughout the whole season.
Check The Caulk And Weather Stripping On Doors And Windows
The stripping and caulk around your home’s doors and windows are vital in preventing cold air invading your home and heat escaping. According to the Department of Energy, faulty weather stripping with gaps or holes accounts for up to 10% of your heating bills. By making sure all of your weather stripping is intact, and having any faults repaired or replaced, you can save money and ensure your home stays toasty.
Have A Professional Inspect Your Furnace
Now is the best time to make sure your furnace is ready to go once the air turns chilly. Furnaces can develop a wide range of problems over time, especially if it’s old. It’s better to catch these problems early rather than have your main heat source fail while it’s super cold. Also be sure to check your furnace’s filter and make sure it’s clean. Typically, you want to do this every couple months or so and change it if needed. If you haven’t done this at all, now you definitely should!
Make Sure Your Chimney Is Clean And Clear
If you have a fireplace that you frequently use during the cold months, this task is crucial. Creosote build-up can be a major fire hazard. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, there was an average of 22,300 chimney fires each year between 2011 and 2013, and an average of 20 yearly deaths as a result. This is why it is vital to ensure chimneys are cleaned, and any blockages are removed. It is not uncommon for birds or other animals to shack up inside a chimney that’s been unused for a while. To ensure the chimney is cleaned properly, a professional may need to be enlisted.
Conduct A Safety Check
The best way to ensure your home and your family stay safe this winter is ensuring all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. Replace the batteries and make sure they are clear of dust. It is also a good idea to make sure your home has at least one working fire extinguisher. Ideally, you want to have one on each floor of your home. Make sure to check the gauge on your extinguisher to make sure it is charged up. Check to see that the lock pin is secure and intact and the nozzle is not plugged up. Damaged extinguishers or ones that are six years old or more must be replaced. In the event of a fire, a working fire extinguisher can save lives.