Winter is right around the corner and the chore list is growing. Understandably, people feel so overwhelmed they begin procrastinating, especially with so many extra things going on with the holiday season. After all, a few more days won’t matter. The truth is, homeowners can winterize their houses in just a few easy steps and put that chore behind them. Simply prepare the plumbing, inspect the furnace, check the windows and have the chimney swept. Just like that, the house is prepared for winter and homeowners can finally relax.
Prepare the Plumbing
One of the most common winter disasters is frozen or broken pipes, which results in expensive cleanup and repairs. Homeowners can avoid the cost by preparing their home’s plumbing. By inspecting and insulating exposed pipes, draining and storing garden hoses, and draining AC pipes, one reduces the likelihood of dealing with plumbing disasters when the temperature plummets.
The colder the nights become, the more tempting it gets to turn up the heat. That said, one should have the furnace or boiler inspected before starting up the heating system again. At the very least, this is a good time to replace old filters, but an inspection may uncover potential problems that could leave the family in the cold when the weather gets bitterly cold outside.
Insulate Windows and Doors
Doors and windows with old insulation often work as sieves, sucking all the heat out and letting in the cold. Homeowners can save some money and keep the family warm by taking the time to inspect all the windows and doors. If the insulation is rotting or crumbling, simply use weather stripping around the doors and caulk the windows. For an extra layer of protection, one might consider vinyl replacement windows, which lock the heat in where it’s most needed while cutting down on energy bills.
Ready the Fireplace
Most people love the thought of relaxing by a warm fire on a cold winter’s night. Unfortunately, a clogged chimney can shatter the tranquil mood and become dangerous to the family. For that reason, one should schedule a chimney and fireplace inspection as soon as possible. They will ensure the chimney is properly screened, remove creosote and soot, as well as inspect the fireplace damper. With the fireplace ready for the winter, homeowner can enjoy plenty of cozy nights no matter the temperature outside.