Five Ways to Prepare Your Home For Winter

Winter is right around the proverbial corner, so it's time think about preparing your home for the cold nights ahead. You need to make sure that everything is working well for those cold days. Here are 5 ways to prepare your home for winter:

Check The Gutters

Looking at the leaves falling from the trees is one of the most beautiful things about autumn. However, and despite your possible love for the scenery, the leaves tend to accumulate on your home and in your gutters. And with winter coming, this can mean you'll have a problem.

So a simple task you need to tackle is to clean the gutters before the temperatures start to fall. If you don't clean the gutters then dirt and moisture can build up. Then freezing temperatures will turn this small mess into ice dams along the side of your building. And the water can seep right into your home.

Seal Your Doors And Windows

You need to make sure not only that all the doors and windows are working well as you check both the exterior and interior seals. One of the things that you can do to prevent the heat from getting out and the cold to come in is to install a door sweep. They are usually seen at the bottom of the doors and they're quite inexpensive and work very well.

In what concerns to the windows, you need to inspect them properly as well. Check all the windows to make sure that there are no gaps, cracks, or broken glass. Also see the window frames, especially if they're made out of wood. In case you notice a crack that is a nickel wide between your windows and siding, you can fill those in with silicone caulk, which works very well for the exterior.

Check The Heat

Before you actually use your burners and heating system in your residence, you need to make sure that they are ready for continous use. Filters should be changed, the pilot light should be checked, and the system should be tested before it is completely necessary. Make sure there is not a dust or soot build up and that carbon monoxide detectors are working.

If your heating and air conditioning systems have not been serviced, this is definitely the time of the year to have one of our technicians out to service and prepare your HVAC systems for the harsh winter weather. They are more than capable of taking care of these checks for you and regular service can find any serious problems early before you are left without heat when you need it most.

Check The Vents And The Roof

Checking both the ventilation and your roof before winter weather strikes is always a good idea. Make sure to look for missing or damaged shingles and replace them if needed. You need to check the ventilation as well to know your home has the proper ventilation, or seek professional assistance with this. However, don't forget to cover the vents to prevent rodents, for example.

Drain And Shut Off The Water Lines In The Exterior

This may not apply to everyone depending on your living situation, but if you have water pipes and lines outside you need to drain and turn them off before the snow starts to fall. This will help you avoid serious problems by your pipes being frozen and even bursting due to the cold temperatures.

Don’t wait for problems to manifest or for the weather to become dangerous before you start to think about your heating system. If you want help getting your home and HVAC system setup for winter, call Ardmore Fresh Air today at (847) 792-1019 or contact us online. We have been helping Chicagoland homes and businesses with HVAC needs for over 40 years, with emergency service offered 24/7 if needed.

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