Today on Prada & Pearls we wanted to share our top tips to prepare your home for winter!
The air has changed temperature, and the leaves have started to fall, soon it will be the dead of winter, and you will need to keep your home warm and safe. The fall is the best time to start preparing for the winter months by clearing gutters and having the systems in your home checked and serviced.
Clear Gutters and Drains
The fall is a dynamic time of year, the weather changes significantly, and we experience cooler temperatures and higher winds. At the same time, the leaves die and collect in the gutters and drains of your home.
You might get away with this for a short time, but it can cause water damage throughout the winter if left unattended. The leaves and fall debris builds up on your roof which can cause significant damage if left. Have them cleaned to avoid leaks and water build up.
Have Your Furnace Serviced
One of the most important features of the home is the furnace, especially in the winter. If your furnace is not working correctly, you could be without heating through some of the coldest weeks of the year. But this is easily avoided.
You should have your furnace checked once a year and the fall is one of the best times for it. When you have your furnace serviced in the fall, it gives you confidence going into the winter months that your heating is up to standard.
Call a Plumbing Service
The other thing you need to be careful of in the winter is the condition of your pipes. If your water pipes are not insulated correctly and leaking when the temperature drops, it can cause burst pipes. This can impact your water supply and can also result in a lot of damages.
Once again, the fall is the perfect time to call a plumbing service and have your water pipes checked before the cold weather comes in. It doesn’t have to be an emergency to contact a plumbing service; you can also hire them for checks to eliminate future issues.
Keep Heating on a Timer
If you’re going away in the fall or winter for a week or two, or even for a weekend, it’s a good idea to leave your heating on a timer. Set your heat to come on at a low level for one or two hours a day to prevent pipes from freezing.
Not only will this strategy prevent any issues with frozen pipes it will also stop moisture from building up on the windows. Remember, your heating doesn’t have to be on full if you’re away.
Insulate Your Home
If you want to keep your home cozy this fall and winter, and you also want to reduce your carbon footprint. An easy way to do this is to think about new ways to insulate your home. Of course, you could spend some money and install the latest wall insulation, but there are cheaper and easier ways.
One of the best ways to trap heat in your home and reduce your energy bills as well as your carbon footprint is to hang heavy curtains. Even if you have double or triple glazing, heavy curtains can help trap heat which helps keep your home warmer for longer.
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