The end of summer is upon us and it is time to prepare our homes for fall and winter. By taking just a few steps, you can protect your invest and property. Here are just a few tips to prepare your home for winter this year.
1. Check Your Heating System and Ceiling Fans
Before it gets cold outside, and everyone else has the same idea, have your heating system checked out. For under a $100, a technician will check out your system and make any necessary repairs before the temps drop down. Have them also run a carbon monoxide test at the same time. Reverse your ceiling fans for the winter so they are running in a clockwise direction. This creates an updraft and pushes the warm air back down into the room. This allows you to save money on your heating costs as you can lower your thermostat and save a little bit of money.
2. Roof and Chimney Inspection
In the southwest, most homes have either a flat surface or tiled roofs. Clear off all the debris as this holds in moisture and unnecessary weight on the roofs. Don't forget to clear the gutters of any leaves, branches, or other debris. In other parts of the country that have to worry about snow, make sure all broken or missing shingles are replaced and repaired before the first snowfall. This is also the perfect time to clean out the chimney and make sure it is in good working order.
3. Window and Doors
For under $10 you can pick up exterior caulk. Make sure to apply it to any gaps in windows or doors that are larger than a nickel in diameter. These gaps are letting precious hot air out and letting the cold air into your home. Add weatherstripping around doors to make sure that light isn't shining through. If you need to seal glass to a window frame use an easy to apply window-glazing putty.
4. Lawn Care
Before your area freezes, mow your lawn on the lowest setting, typically the mulching blade. Instead of composting your leaves, leave them on the lawn. Next, cut up your dried leaves using the same mulching blade into dime-size pieces and apply evenly onto the trimmed down grass. These will decompose under the snow and provide nutrients for next year's lawn.