Winter is coming.  And before you start dreaming of hot chocolate and a white Christmas, there’s work to be done.  But don’t worry, we’ve got some tips on how to winterize your house. Water is the Enemy. Think of your house like a boat, and seal every leak.

Icicles hanging from wires

  1. Icicles are bad. Yes, they’re pretty, but they mean that water isn’t flowing away from your house, it’s staying where it is.  Clean your gutters now, so that water flows easily off the roof.  Make sure your downspouts extend at least 2 feet from the base of your house, and you’ll avoid future foundation problems as well.
  2. Turn off the valves to outdoor faucets, drain your hoses, and get the sprinkler company to make sure the pipes are drained. You don’t want a burst pipe under your lawn.
  3. Check your driveway and walks for cracks, and seal them now, before ice and water get a chance to leak inside.
  4. Check the caulking around your windows and doors. Even a small opening can mean lost money in heating.

No one knows everything about home maintenance, so call some experts.

Chimney Sweep with tophat standing on roof next to brick chimney

  1. Have an HVAC professional check your furnace. It can mean the difference between an efficiently running furnace, and one that wastes heat and makes excess carbon monoxide.
  2. If you have trees, get an arborist to see if they’re in danger from heavy snow. You don’t want limbs breaking and causing damage to your house in the middle of a cold winter night.
  3. If you’re going to be using a wood stove or a fire place for heat or ambience, make sure you get the chimney cleaned. A chimney specialist will also be able to inspect for cracking masonry inside the chimney.

And sometimes, it’s the little things that make the difference.

Tea Light Candles

  1. Stock up on winter essentials like salt, candles, and maybe even a generator. You’ll be glad to have them if the power goes out.
  2. Did you know your ceiling fan has different settings for summer and winter? In the winter, you want it moving counter clock-wise, which helps to keep hot air from gathering near the ceiling, and spreads it out throughout the room.
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