All of a sudden, it’s time to start thinking about how you can prepare to shut up your house for colder, wetter weather. Here in the Mid-Ohio Valley it seems like we might be jumping straight into winter and skipping fall altogether, so it’s even more important to prepare your house, especially if you live in a historic home.
Here are some ideas we have for you. What would you add?
Mind the Windows
Windows are great for views, but they can be a primary exit point for heat and an entry point for cold breezes during the fall and winter. The first thing you want to do is put a little piece of paper along the border of the window. If you see that paper blowing like a flag in the wind, that means a lot of air is passing back and forth. The problem can be controlled in a number of ways. You can add caulking around the window, strips of insulation, or even just some foam at the bottom of the window. Adding window blinds and curtains if you don’t have them can also help trap heat during the day.
Check the Roof
Falling leaves, seeds, and lots of rain can mean a lot of burden on your gutters. You also, of course, want to make sure your roof is in pristine shape so that it can handle heavy rain, ice, and snow. Now is a great time to clean out those gutters and make sure you’re good to go.
Proof the Pipes
Have you ever had water pipes freeze on a sub-zero day in the winter? It is definitely no fun. Do a test on your pipes to make sure everything is in good order, and be sure you know where pipes are located and how to turn the water off if you need to do so.
Filter Out Any Problems
Now is the time to have your furnace inspected. You may need new filters, and you want to make sure the furnace is going to be able to work efficiently as well.
Inspect the Washer & Dryer
Now is also a great time to make sure your washer and dryer are in good working order. That means making sure the washer hook-ups are working effectively and that the dryer filter is as free from lint as possible. Failing to keep up on these issues can result in serious room flooding or even fire.
Check Safety Equipment
Seasonal changes are good times to mark how your safety tools are functioning. That means your CO2 monitor, smoke alarms, and security systems if you have them.
The older your home, the more important it is to put in your due diligence before severe weather hits. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please let us know!
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