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Getting your home ready for winter

06December
2014

Getting your home ready for winter
Winter! Even thinking about it brings shivers to our bodies, along with the memories of those beautiful days spent together with family during Christmas and New Years holidays.

Wintery days are an enjoyable time of the year, but you can enjoy winter more if you are prepared before it arrives.

Getting your home ready for winter is one of the important things that people often forget to do. Especially, if its an old house that requires some maintenance work, the problems that winter brings can be rough. But there are some important things that you can do to help keep this winter from being a painful and unpleasant experience.

Here are some important tips to get your home ready for the winter and to make your house more efficient without a lot of investment.

  • Check for air leaks around your home: according to Energy Star one of the simplest ways to reduce your utility costs and make your home more comfortable is to reduce draft. Take some time to check your home for air leaks. Obvious places to check are around window and doors. There are a lot of products you can buy to insulate the edges of doors and windows, and there are also products to stop air leaks in other places, like keyholes, letterboxes and unused chimney flues.

  • Tune up your home heating system: Avoid any surprises and make sure your heating system works properly. А good furnace tune up performed by a qualified service person will pay for itself, so hire a good company that has the proper tools and experienced technicians to make sure your heating equipment is safe and efficient. If you have some outside water pipes make sure they are well insulated, you really do not want them to burst in freezing weather. Well, this is an area that can save you at least 10% on your utility bill and add years of life to your equipment.

  • Clean and check dryer ventilation: Make sure the flap on the hood of your dryer ventilation shuts tight and opens easily. Replace the hood f it is bent or the damper is missing or not working properly. This is very inexpensive fix that can save you money by reduce the unwanted air that potentially come into your home from opening and clean dry ventilation pipe keeps drying time at the minimum.

  • Getting your home ready for winter
  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fans: Change the rotation of your fans to clockwise motion so as to reverse the downdraft after you turn on your heating. Ceiling fan will produce an updraft and push down into the room heated air from the ceiling. This might allow you set your heating system couple of degrees lower and save your money. Keep in mind that that this method is especially helpful in rooms with high ceilings.

  • Check your fireplace and sweep chimney: If you have a wood burning stove or fireplace, now is the time to have it cleaned. Having your flues and chimney cleaned every year is a very good idea, especially if you use your fireplace a lot. There are methods to do it yourself, just ensure that you have proper tools and enough knowledge to do it right. If you don’t want to do it yourself, you should have you’re your flues, chimney and furnace cleaned and serviced by a professional. This not only prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from going into your home, but also helps it to run more efficiently throughout the winter which in turns saves you money.

  • Inspect roof, clean your gutters and downspouts: Carefully take a trip up to the roof and visually inspect your roof to make sure your roof is protecting your house from air leaks and water leakage. Look for damaged or loose roof tails, they might be cause of a leak during winter’s rain or snow storms. If your roof is flat and surfaced with asphalt rake or blow off fall leaves and pine needles, which hold moisture. Have a look at your gutters. Clean out any leaves and debris that might have collected in them over the summer and autumn. While you are at it, make sure your downspouts are clear. You don’t want to cause ice jams on the roof due to lack of drainage. After this check your gutters nails or spikes, make sure the gutters are securely fastened to the home.

  • Turn off exterior faucets and drain irrigation system: Un drained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets, turn off the shut-off valve inside your home. Draining sprinkler-system pipes, as with spigots, will help avoid freezing and leaks.

  • Restock winter essential: Make sure to have back up salt or ice melt. What about functional shovel?. These might come handy to keep all entrances to your home clear and pavement in front of your house safe not only for you, but also for your visitors or neighbours.

Writen by Nita for All Removals London


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