How to winterize your home

Every homeowner has experienced the change in seasons, and anticipated with dread the utility bills to follow.  Few homeowners however, are confident that with some steadfast seasonal preparation, it is quite possible to control expenses and keep warm at the same time. In addition, you need to remember that it isn’t all about staying warm.  Much of what one needs to do to prepare their home for the elements keeps the needful equipment from disrepair and prevents headaches from the surprise of unexpected servicing.  The following simple tasks will enable you to assume the control of your home and prevent unnecessary expenses, courtesy of a great Louisville Moving Company.

Prepare the Outdoors
: While the weather still permits, one needs to survey the outside of the house and determine what protective measures need be taken.  First, it is critical to clear brush and all dry materials a good distance from the perimeter of the house.  Removing the debris lessens the risk of heat causing a fire while exhaust is hottest.  In addition, you must check the roof for debris and clear it of fallen and low-lying branches, and check and clean the gutters.  Evaluate the downspouts for patency and flush them clear. While on the roof, any areas of lost or loose shingles should be fixed, and damage may need professional treatment.

Identify and correct any problems with the chimney such as clearing blockages and nests.  Locate all separations in the exterior around windows and doors, as well as vents and pipes, which can often be corrected with simple caulking or expanding foam.  It is critical to remove all excess water from the exterior of the home, draining hoses, sprinklers, and insulating all outdoor pipes.

Prepare the Indoor Components: Houses very rarely maintain a warm temperature without intervention. After preparing the outside, the next step is to prepare the inside of the home. Assessing the furnace, heating ducts and insulation is critical. Initially, check your thermostat, make sure it is accurate, and functional. Old ones should be replaced with newer models that have timers and allow various settings per day. Replace all batteries. Checking the furnace for a lit pilot light is imperative. Patency of the heating ducts, fireplaces, and wood stove exhaust pipes is absolutely necessary. Tightening loose ductwork and insulating ducts will improve your system’s function. Changing the furnace filter prior to the season and regularly as recommended for the type and expected lifespan is absolute. Vents must be checked and opened, replaced as needed. Check the doors and windows, installing storm doors and windows as needed, and repair any damage and air leaks. Changing your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise will push warm air downward and check and install Carbon monoxide and fire detectors.

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