We’re coming into the thick of Fall right now, and that means that most people are starting to experience their first snowfall of the season. Getting the house ready for the colder weather should be your first priority right now, as the more you put it off, the harder it will be to feel comfortable and cosy in your home through the season.
Preparing for the winter weather will make sure that your home is perfectly comfortable through spring, and we’ve got some excellent suggestions to make sure that you feel great!
Get the Gutters Cleaned
Through the summer and the early Fall months, you will see a lot of leaves flying around outside in the breeze. These leaves – as well as sticks and other debris – often get pushed into the gutters, which then creates a blockage and can back up a water flow. Without water flowing, you will have some drainage issues and this can cause leaks in your home. Not ideal! In the winter, that water flow freezes, which then leads to broken guttering! Get the professionals in to help you to clean out the gutters, so that you’re not trying to do it alone!
Clean Out the Chimney
If you have a chimney or fireplace in your home, then you need these to be cleaned out properly before you use them. Birds love to set up their nests in the chimney breasts, as do other animals. As well as this, you may find that there is leftover soot inside the chimney. This is a fire hazard, so you should get someone in to help you to clean it out properly so that it’s safe to use.
Give the Furnace Some Love
When was the last time you powered on your furnace? The likelihood is that it was last winter, and you should think about getting it serviced before you start using it again this winter. You can check whether there is a furnace part store near me before you go ahead and make any repairs, and you should also get an expert in to take a look. The furnace will need to have its filter changed to improve the air flow and if necessary, upgrade it to be a better, more energy-efficient one!
Sweep Out the Vents
All around the home, you have vents and air ducts that are pumping hot or cold air depending on what you need. If you haven’t got them sealed and insulated, you need to do that before the winter months. When they’re tightly sealed, you save money on your bills and you’ll have cleaner air pumping through.
Have the HVAC Serviced
Lastly, you need to get your HVAC system serviced and cleaned before you start switching on the heat. There isn’t much worse than a system that is due to break down, but if you pay for a service before it does, you’ll save some cash and be able to stay cosy and warm in the cold, no matter what.