Clean Your Property
It is difficult to clear items from your property once the snow begins to fall. It is essential that you store everything that could be damaged by winter conditions in a safe place as soon as possible. Here are some items you should consider storing before the winter begins:
- Lawn mowers
- Leaf blowers
- Outdoor furniture
- Children's toys
If you have any loose/damaged branches or power lines on your property, get them taken care of immediately. A little heavy snow and wind could cause serious problems for you if you don't.
Do you have any problems with your roof? If so, you need to get them taken care of before your roof is covered in snow. Otherwise, you could end up with flooding in your home or even a roof collapse.
Damaged gutters should also be repaired before winter starts, or there may be flooding problems when the snow is melting. Your gutters may also need to hold a lot of weight from ice build-up. If they are damaged, they could potentially break under the weight of the ice. This could be expensive to fix, as well as dangerous for anyone standing underneath them.
Get the Most Out of Your Heating System
An inefficient heating system could end up costing you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars more per winter season. Hire a professional (such as one from CRT Mechanical) to make sure you're not unknowingly wasting your money.
Some heating systems will cost more than others to keep your house warm. If you can afford it, get one that will give you more heat for your dollar. It will save you a lot of money over time.
Insulate Your Home
Even if you have the greatest heating system available, you obviously don't want all that heated air to escape outside. You also don't want the cold air from outside getting inside your home. Unfortunately, many homes have problem areas where the inside and outside air flow through freely.
To prevent outside air from coming in (or warm air leaking out), seal any drafty areas you can find. Most of the time, drafts come in from doors and windows. If sealing isn't enough, you may need to replace your windows and doors with more energy efficient options.
Sometimes cold air will seep through your floors. Carpets and rugs act as great barriers between your warm home and the cold basement below you.