Tips for Winterizing Your Home

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How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

You can take many steps to winterize your home and help ward against personal injury and financial disaster. As temperatures begin to dip, your home will require maintenance to keep it in optimum shape throughout the season. From the furnace to the gutters to the landscaping and many places in between, winterizing helps protect your investment while keeping you comfortable.

Furnace Inspection

Your first order of business is to call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts. It's also a good idea to stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly. Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable one. If you do, you'll want to make sure you purchase one you will use. Updating it accordingly will help you remain comfortable in your home and potentially slash your energy bill by a significant amount. Its benefit is that you can set this type of thermostat by season.

If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them. Remember to remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

Get the Fireplace Ready

If your chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while, call a chimney sweep to remove soot and other undesirable accumulations, like creosote. It's best to cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds. Buy firewood or chop your own. Whatever choice you make, store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home. Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing. Also check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary. Read More...

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Article was originally published on: October 08, 2018