7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Winter Today

Cleaning GuttersChilly weather, crisp air, gorgeous red and gold leaves – yes, fall is beginning to settle in! Now is the time to consider preparing your house for the winter cold. Even if you’re not the handiest handyman (or handywoman) on the block, you should seriously consider checking the following 7 items out. Doing so just might save you more time and money in the long run!

Give Your Furnace Some TLC – Because your furnace hasn’t been used in almost a year, it is bound to need a little bit of routine maintenance. The dust that has accumulated over the year should be cleaned out of the furnace, and it would also be prudent to test your heater for carbon monoxide leaks. Make sure to get the heater prepped now before colder temperatures settle in a month or so from now!

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans - Even though it will soon be cold outside, it’s important to have some air circulating in your home. In order to prevent drafty cold air from filling your room, switch your fan blades so that they spin clockwise. This will help push the heat that has risen to your ceiling back down to ground level. It might even help with heating costs a little as well.

Ready Your Roof - Did your roof take a beating from any of the storms this summer? Now is definitely the time to get it fixed. If you are missing any shingles, you will want to make sure they are taken care of before the first snow of the season sets in.

Seal Any Gaps Between Door Frames or Window Frames - If you have any gaps between your door frames or window frames that are larger than a nickel, then it is time to break out the caulk. The last thing you want is all that heat escaping your house when Old Man Winter comes knocking at your door. Try using silicone-based caulk on exterior gaps!

Clean the Gutters - Fall comes with its own brand of beauty, but it can also be quite messy. As the trees around your house begin to shed their leaves, you will need to break out the ladder and keep up-to-date with making sure your gutters are free of leaves and other debris. You can also keep an eye out for products that help protect your gutters from leaves while also letting the water pass through unimpeded. Finally, make sure that your gutters are sound by dumping a pail of water in them. If water trickles out of any holes, then you will need to get the holes patched up.

Drain Your Lawn Irrigation System - Do you have an intricate sprinkler system? Then you will want to call in your professional sprinkler maintenance technician. If you don’t empty your sprinkler system, you run the risk of frozen pipes, which could lead to cracks and leaks come next summer. Additionally, make sure that you shut off all exterior valves and disconnect your hoses to keep them in prime shape for next year.

Clean Out the Chimney - There’s nothing better than a roaring fire on an especially cold day, but don’t wait until wintertime to find out that your chimney is clogged. Make sure to clean the chimney in the fall when the weather is still warm so that you can avoid any potential fireplace mishaps.

These are just a few ways to make sure your house is ready for the upcoming winter months. Stay ahead of the curve, and make sure you don’t get caught standing out in the cold! For more home care tips or for help finding the home of your dreams in the Greater St. Louis region, look no further than Prudential Select Properties! Call us at (314) 835-6000 or visit us online at www.DiscoverStL.com today!

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