Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Maintaining Your House During Winter

If you own a home in an area where snow can be expected every winter, then you’ve had to deal with the number of activities that come along with it; shoveling, plowing, scraping off your car, salting, and dressing in multiple layers just to go outside. However,if you keep with these tasks during the winter months, you’ll protect your home from damage and make it easier on yourself when a big snowfall does happen.

Store Away Tools 
Make sure all your tools and equipment are properly cleaned, fixed, and ready for use. You don’t want to have to rummage through your garage or storage shed to find your shovel. Have your snow shovels, snow blower, and plenty of rock salt handy so you are prepared for a major winter storm. Do you have a snowblower? Make sure you have the tools to maintain and take care of it in case it needs repairs.

Maintaining Your House During WinterCheck Your Furnace
Before winter arrives, the most important thing you need to do for yourself and your family is to ensure that your furnace is operational, safe, and as energy-efficient as you can make it. When that first cold day hits, you don’t want to turn on the furnace only to discover that it isn’t working (a lot can happen during the warmer months to affect your furnace). Your best bet is to call an HVAC professional and have them come out and inspect your furnace. During a regular maintenance inspection, the repairman also will clean the furnace, change the filter, check for leaks and unhealthy gases, and ensure that everything is operational. If you can, have them to clean the furnace ducts.

Seal Any Drafts
Older houses can be drafty. It’s a fact. But just because they are drafty doesn’t mean they have to stay that way. The good news is it doesn’t require a huge sum of money spent on big projects to stop the drafts. Rope caulk is a fantastic and super easy solution to drafty windows in the wintertime. Plastic film covering your windows is another affordable solution in keeping out the cold. Stop frigid air from creeping through window sills and under doors with a draft snake. You can buy them online, or easily make one by filling a knee sock with dry rice.

To learn more about JD Coussens Inc. and how we can help make sure your home can handle winter, please visit our website!

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