8 Tips to Get Your Property Ready for Winter
This cold snap has us thinking about the coming winter and what you can do to your property to get it ready. Don’t avoid this time of year, embrace it. Article takes a look at some tips for prepping your property.
The last thing many want to think about is winter. The cool crisp autumn air is about to be replaced with a damp stick to your ribs cold. It can be tough. However, not preparing your home for winter can be even worse. To some, this step can be intimidating especially if you live in a region known for its harsh winters. How do you know what to do and what will it cost? Rest assured, preparing your home for winter is friendly on your wallet and your busy schedule.
The water heater:
Bob Vila has great tips on his website for winterizing your home. Flushing the water heater is important and easy to do. It just takes a few minutes to clear out any sediment and minerals that have accumulated at the bottom. On those cold winter nights, you want the water heater working at maximum efficiency.
The Air Conditioner:
When you are thinking about winter the air conditioner probably doesn’t enter your mind. But according to the spruce, this isn’t something you want to neglect. Be sure to clean out all the debris and cover it for the winter. Wet leaves and debris can rust your unit and the parts inside the AC can freeze if left uncovered. You don’t want to start summer off by having to replace your broken air conditioner.
Prepare your pipes:
Preparing your pipes is vital to prevent them from bursting. Be sure to insulate any outdoor pipes and hose bibs to avoid burst pipes and a flooded home. If you are leaving town for the winter be sure to properly drain and prepare your pipes to avoid coming home to a disaster.
Insulate your windows:
You can purchase window insulation film at your local hardware store. This will save you a substantial amount of money on your electric bill. If your windows are older or not well insulated consider replacing or repairing them before winter is in full force. This will increase your property values too.
If you live in an area that gets extremely cold like in the upper midwest consider winterizing outside too. A few weeks prior to winterizing outside, be sure to caulk up any holes in your siding. Then, cover all your exterior windows and screens with sturdy plastic. Secure the plastic by nailing narrow wood planks to the siding around the windows. If you have a screened in porch this will save you time and hassle during the winter since you won’t have to shovel snow out of your porch. Like the window winter preparations, this will keep your home from losing too much heat.
Consider cleaning the gutters before winter hits. Leaving out this step can cause icicles to accumulate. This is unsightly and can break your gutters.
Check up on your insulation:
New insulation is a great way to keep your home warm and running efficiently. Bob Vila recommends fiberglass insulation and it is very cost-effective. Some are concerned about the hazards of fiberglass insulation. The particles can get into your respiratory system which can be hazardous to your health. Denim or cellulose insulation are other alternatives you can choose too.
A programmable thermostat:
If you are at work from 8AM-5PM and no one is home why keep the house toasty during the day? A programmable thermostat will keep the home comfortable while you are there and bring the temperature down while you are at work or out and about. That way you aren’t paying for heat you aren’t using. It’s a great investment in your home.
Preparing your home for winter does not require much time or money. In the long run it’s a great investment and can prevent a catastrophe. In addition, many of these tips increase the value of your home. This is especially important if you are currently selling or looking to sell your home in the near future.
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