Soon, days will shorten, leaves will turn and fall, and temperatures will start dropping. Before you know it, winter will be in full swing – bringing cold nights and snowy weather. Change is what seasons do, and if you don’t properly prepare for an incoming season, you may not get the most out of it.
Although you can remember to prepare your wardrobe for the change in temperatures, you can easily forget that your home requires some prep-work too. To ensure that falling temperatures and impending winter stays out and that you and your family stay safe and warm inside your home, it is essential to do simple maintenance tips for your home prior to season changes.
Here are some ways to help you prepare your home for falling temperatures:
Maintain your Heating System
You might have a furnace, a heat pump, a wood stove, or a boiler. Whatever it is that you use to heat up your home in cold weather, don’t wait until temperatures drop to check on them and make sure they’re in good working condition. It may seem odd, but running your furnace periodically during the warm seasons can help keep vents and ducts clear of dust and debris and help you see if there are any major problems. While heating isn’t usually what you’re looking for in the late summer, you’ll be happy to know that when it gets cold you won’t get caught without a properly working heating system.
Even if your heating system is running perfectly, you might not be getting the most of it. If you notice that any room in your house is significantly cooler, or if you feel a cool breeze anywhere in the home, you may have a drafty window or door. This can be remedied by installing weather stripping around doors and windows. The stripping helps doors and windows form a better seal to keep warm air in and cold air out. Even if only one window is noticeably drafty, you might want to get weather stripping for the whole home. The savings in heating costs will more than pay you back for the relatively cheap supplies for the project.
Home Pest Control
You are not the only one who relishes a warm home in the cold weather. Pests, including rodents and bats, search for warm housing to get away from the cold temperatures. Guess where they end up? Cracks, gaps, and other openings inside your home. Depending on which pest it is, their presence often goes unnoticed until they’ve already caused considerable damage to your property or health. Sealing up your home can help with this, but it’s also a good idea to call in a company like Colonial Pest Control Inc. to either remove pests or take measures to prevent them from entering in the first place.
Before temperatures start falling, take advantage of the nice weather by checking out your heating system, sealing up your home, and blocking out pests. When the cold sets in, you can be happy and confident that your home is ready for Winter.