HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

Even though we are only in day three of Winter its defiantly hit with a bang! Below are some great tips you may like to consider.

Check Key Problem Areas for Heat Loss
As the weather becomes cooler in the fall, it’s a great time to check for places where heat is escaping your home or cold air is getting in. Doing a check for some key problem areas will help prevent weather-related water damage as well. Remember, if air can get in, there’s a good chance water may also find the same path. The worst kind of water damage is the damage that happens gradually before you notice it. Gradual damage is not covered by insurance, so it becomes especially important for you to prevent gradual damage from happening.

Window panes, door seals and thresholds 
These areas can wear down or deteriorate over time. When there is air creeping in or out through the windows and doors of your home, it creates potential damage as well as costs money on heating bills. Fill any cracks and replace parts that are no longer in good shape. If you notice your windows discoloring it could be an indication that the argon gas is leaking.

Exterior paint on your home 
If the paint is chipping or peeling off the exterior walls of your home you may be sustaining damage you aren’t aware of. 

Interior Insulation.
If you feel air coming in through the walls or electrical outlets, you should check if you need any brick pointing, repairs to the exterior walls or additional insulation. Sometimes adding a little insulation is not that costly and can make a big difference on your heating costs. If the source of the problem is deteriorating exterior walls, then a little patchwork or brick pointing may help. If you feel air coming in through electrical outlets, consider insulating them, it costs only a few dollars and will make a big difference in how your house is conserving heat and could lower your electric and heating bills.

Clear Areas Around the Furnace, Electrical Box, and Water Tank
Take a few moments to check for clutter or storage boxes that may have built up around your furnace, electrical box or water tank. Make sure that these are clear of obstructions. Placing boxes or storage next to your furnace or water tank could create hazards in your home and make them difficult to access in the event of an emergency.

Clean gutters and drains 
Check the gutters and drains around your home and make sure they are not blocked by autumn leaves or other debris.

Verify Lighting Outside Your Home
A well-lit home is less likely to invite thieves and will prevent people from falling and injuring themselves on your property.

Make sure paths are well lit up
f you have an area of your home that is not well lit up, consider getting solar powered flood lights on motion sensors. This will not only conserve energy and save money but it will help prevent injury and keep your home safer.