How To Prepare Your Home for the Colder Months

With summer just about ending, it might seem a bit too early to start thinking about preparing your home for the much colder months ahead. They'll be here before we know it and we'll be moving to a state that actually has snow during the winter, which we're excited about but yet have so much to prepare for.

After all, why would you use this last bit of warm weather to carry out tedious home maintenance tasks when you could still enjoy the outdoors? But, when it comes to winter, there’s no room for procrastination. The cold weather can do a lot of damage to your home. 

In 2020, severe weather caused $2.4 billion in damages to homes. But you can get one step ahead by ensuring that your home can withstand the pressure. Here are some tips to make your home more comfortable and safer when the cold weather comes. 

1. Have Your Home’s HVAC System Inspected

Typically, most heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems last between 12-15 years, with some fully functioning after 20 years. The state of your HVAC system depends on how well you maintain them. Before the weather gets very cold, you must inspect your system and make any important changes. 

At the very least, you can change your filters. It would be best to work with a reputable HVAC contractor to thoroughly inspect your system and ensure that it can function throughout the colder months. You also want to ensure that your heating works perfectly. This way, you don’t have to worry about it stopping right in the middle of a cold winter day. 

2. Have Your Chimney Inspected

If your home has a fireplace, you must inspect your chimney for any faults or damage before it is used. It would be best if you also had it cleaned. It doesn’t matter if you use your fireplace for design purposes only or don’t use wood as your main heat source. 

However, when wood burns, it leads to a buildup of creosote deposits in your chimney that is dangerous to your health when left unchecked and highly flammable. A huge buildup in your chimney can cause a fire to start in your home. Therefore, a chimney inspection is something you must do to keep your home and its members safe, so keep this in mind. 

3. Trim Any Tree Branches

During the colder months, it’s likely that you can experience a snow or ice storm. Your tree branches are likely to break due to the weight of heavy snow deposits on them and can be dangerous to you and anyone else in your home. Not only can it destroy your roof, but it can also fall on anyone and cause severe injuries. 

You must trim any overhanging branches, especially those over your roof, as snow-covered branches are heavy and can damage roofs with their weight. Hiring professional landscaping services to get the job done is safer, as they are more experienced. 

Even though the colder months seem far away, you must take the time to prepare your home for it. It would lessen the risk of your home getting damaged during the winter. 

Hopefully, you’ll leverage these tips for the best results. 

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