How to Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

By Nationwide Windows
Posted in Home Improvement on November 11, 2016

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Winter’s right around the corner which means it’s time to do some home maintenance to make sure that your home and your family make it through the winter unscathed. Here are our top tips for winterizing your home.

Get your furnace checked over by a professional

Make sure that your furnace is operating in peak condition for the colder months by getting out a qualified technician to check over it. They can advise if any repairs need to be made, and ensure that your furnace is working in peak condition. This way, you can be assured that your furnace is going to be energy efficient over winter, saving both the environment and your hip pocket.

Clean your gutters

Make sure that your gutters and drain pipes are free of debris before it starts to pour down. If you have blockages in either of these it can lead to roof damage which in turn can enter your home! Be extremely careful if you are doing this yourself, and we never recommend cleaning them yourself if your home is more than single story – leave that to the professionals.

Replace any damaged parts of your roof

What kind of condition is your roof itself in? If you have shingles, look for any loose, damaged, or missing shingles, as you’ll need to replace them before the weather hits. If you find that you have extensive damage, you will need to seriously consider getting your whole roof, or sections of it, replaced.

Check shutters and siding are secure

When that wind whips up it really can do a lot of damage. To make sure parts of your home don’t break off, go around and check your shutters and siding for any loose parts, rotting, or damage. Replace any that have had their day.

Clean your chimney

If you intend on using heating that requires a chimney or flue, make sure that your fireplace, fire, chimney and flue are all thoroughly clear before you start using them. You will need to get in a professional for this job too. Blockages in any of these can cause toxic gases to fill your home which can cause injury or even death. Make sure that your home is safe before cranking up that fire.

Make sure that you have enough warmth

Should the power go out, or you’re cut off from the rest of the world for a few days during a blizzard, you want to make sure that you and your family don’t freeze in your home. To do this, you should check that your generator is working (if you have one), make sure that you’ve got enough wood and fuel for fireplaces, and make sure that you have ample warm blankets and clothing handy.

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