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Getting Your House Ready For The Winter Season

House In The WinterYour home needs to be prepared for the winter season. It’s absolutely necessary to make sure everything around your home is adequately prepared before it’s too late. When it’s winter, a number of different obstacles seemingly start coming out of nowhere.

Winter Heating

Heating in the winter can be a bit costly, since it constantly uses energy throughout the duration of the device’s operation. Preparing your heating equipment for the winter mainly involves ensuring that your equipment efficiently runs throughout the season. Cleaning or changing the air filters in your heating equipment helps it run better—even when changed on a regular basis.

If your air filters are obstructed by dust and other debris, it can strain your heater over time. Perform a routine tune up of your heater and/or heating equipment, which can include sealing its air ducts to prevent heat from leaking out.

Also, seal any cracks or openings in windows, doors, outlets and other places around the home that are susceptible to air leaks. Remember, if you need additional help, contact a home maintenance contractor.

Outside Preparations

Trees that stand too close to your home and/or electrical wires should be trimmed or removed. If you can’t move trees away from any electrical wiring, you should contact a contractor to handle the job. If you have a garden, the plants there can be either removed or replanted for the spring. Potted plants can be moved indoors.

For the exterior of your home, check its foundation for any type of cracks, breaks and other suspect issues. If you see minor cracks near windows, piping or doors, seal them. Any more advanced issues can be handed by a contractor.

Any windows that have cracks or other issues should be professionally replaced. Otherwise, you can seal them using caulking or other materials. Basement windows are also important, so you’re going to want to prime them by covering them with plastic shields.

For the roofing and gutters, extra insulation helps, since it helps keep warm air from escaping and cold air from seeping into your home. You can actually install this insulation via your attic if you have one; otherwise, contact a roofing contractor for help.

The foundation of your home can also be primed. Much like the remaining exterior, you need to seal any open cracks, gaps or spots that may allow cold air into your home. Remove accumulated leaves from the sides of your home, since it may encourage rodents and other pests to invade.

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