7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Colder Weather

With the cooler months coming, it is a great time to start preparing your home for it.  Here are a few tips that will help you get started.

First, you want to keep drafts away so checking for drafts, especially around your windows and doors. You can try this simple method of using a candle around those areas to see if the candle flickers usually indicating a draft.

It is also a great idea idea to get your heater inspected and serviced.  Don’t forget to ask for a carbon monoxide test too – you can never be too safe.

Something to look into as well is getting a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one.  Setting the temperature lower at night and when you aren’t home will help save you save quiet a bit of money.

This is also a great time to check and clean out the gutters.  Leaves, debris, and even nests can be present that will interfere with its efficiency.

While you are at it, check the downspouts for obstructions.  If possible, add extensions to direct water away from walkways, and other foundations to prevent damage to them from the excess water constantly running over them.

It is a good idea to apply some fertilizer to your lawn to help in preventing spring weeds from popping up.

If you park your car in your garage or you keep chemicals stored in there, you may want to make sure that you don’t have drafts.  When warm air leaks out of your garage, the air, including fumes can get sucked into your home. This could include fumes from chemicals and carbon monoxide from warming your car.

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