With the weather getting cooler, you may start thinking about the winter and how your home will fare during those frigid months. Before the cold weather takes over and you don’t want to spend too much time outside, give your home some winterizing TLC. Here are some tips:
- Cover your central air conditioning unit – When you know you will no longer be cooling off the house with the air conditioner, cover the outside portion to protect it from the winter elements. The insulation of the cover will help keep it from freezing and protect it from snow and ice buildup.
- Have your chimney swept- You may have had your chimney swept at the end of last winter, but animals could have nested in the meantime. Take a look to see if anything needs to be cleared out before you spark up your first fire of the winter season.
- Test the heater- There is not much worse than finding out your heater does not work on a very cold day. Find out now, before you need it, so you will have time to get repairs completed.
- Test your sump pump- Winter storms can bring a lot of ground water. Make sure you have a reliable way to remove it from your basement or crawl space. Having a back-up sump pump is also recommended.
- Be sure your windows can be properly sealed- You do not want to lose warm air or bring any cold drafts into your home. If your windows do not properly seal or you think you need any additional insulation, fix it now before it gets too cold.
- Check your homeowners insurance policy- Make sure you have the right insurance to handle any issues that may go wrong over the winter. Also, call us to get more tips on winter home maintenance.
Do you have any other tips or tricks to winterizing your home? Leave them in the comments!