Here are some key preventative measures you can enact to prepare and protect your home for winter.
The very same steps you need to take to keep your heating costs down can also be viewed as protective for your home’s structure and systems. Popular Mechanics, a publication devoted to technology news and tips for consumers, suggests the following steps to boost your home’s efficiency and protect it from common damages associated with winter weather:
- Bring in a professional service provider to prepare your air conditioner, water, fuel, vent and all other systems and pipes.
- Consider replacing normal doors and windows with storm-proof products.
- Get your furnace serviced, and change out filters that were used last winter.
You will also want to thoroughly evaluate your home for drafts and leaks, which are most common in attics, crawl spaces and basements, but can be found virtually anywhere. One of the easiest ways to check for drafts is to light a candle in the center of each room of the home and watch to see if the flame flickers or bends. Once you’ve identified the drafts, use weatherstripping and caulk to seal them up.