With old man winter approaching fast, homeowners need to take steps now to prepare your home for the cold months ahead. Parker Design Build Remodel shares our experience, tips, and insight to help you get your home bundled up, ready for snow and keep your home warm this winter!
Before the jolly old fellow lands on your roof this winter, you’ll want to make sure the roof is in good shape! You may want to consider hiring a professional to do the roof inspection, as falling off a roof is not worth the risk. A typical roof inspection includes:
- Interior – A visit to the attic to:
- Check to be sure your attic is properly insulated. This is a prominent reason for heat loss.
- Check for any signs of moisture or mold and ensure that the attic is properly ventilated.
- Exterior – Going up on the roof to look for signs of:
- Wear and tear and condition of shingles
- Proper flashing
- Damage around the chimney
- Leaks or ice dams
The primary purpose of gutters is to move water away from the house. Gutters that are full of leaves and debris won’t function well in a rain storm or a snow melt-down. So, use a hose to rinse the gutters and ensure water is flowing through the downspouts. You may need to utilize a chimney brush to ensure debris is broken up and allowing water to flow freely.
Depending upon the type of system you have, the maintenance recommendations will vary so it’s a good idea to call your local HVAC professional and have them clean and perform a routine maintenance check of your systems. Schedule this well in advance of the cold weather season. Also, make sure to change the air filters every 1-3 months. Clogged filters make your system work harder and reduce efficiency.
Everyone loves a beautiful fire on a cold winter day. Wood-burning fireplaces should be checked and cleaned annually. Make sure your chimney sweep is insured and certified. If you would like to make your fireplace more energy efficient, consider upgrading to a more efficient gas insert or wood stove. Some states offer rebates for updating inefficient fireplaces.
Perform Inspections Early in the Season
The key to preparing your home for winter is to perform inspections early in the Fall. This gives you time to make necessary repairs and evaluate recommendations made by professionals, without feeling pressured to implement them right away. It also allows you to get second opinions on large repairs.
At Parker Design Build Remodel, we realize that your home is the biggest investment most families make. We help you take care of that investment and guide you step by step on “Your Journey to a Better Home.” Contact us today!