Time to Hunker Down: 5 Tips to Ready your Home for Winter

| 10/7/2013 9:57:00 AM

Joe KnowsThe nip of fall in the air is a real reminder that winter is on its way. There's no better time to ready your home for the icy weather ahead. Here are five major tips for getting you house prepared for the harsh onslaught of winter. 

1. Give Your Heating a Tune Up

Don't just trust that your heating system will work well after a few seasons off duty. Consulting a technician now will make sure your system is clean and working efficiently. Cut the waiting time and book your service in fall, as certified heating and air-conditioning contractors are always busiest in winter. Inspections typically cost between $80 and $100. 

Don't forget your chimney either. Ensuring your chimney and vents are clean and in good working order now will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide gas infiltrating your home in winter. Make sure you hire a sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America to get the job done right. Expect to pay between $50 and $90 for an inspection and between $100 and $300 if your chimney needs cleaning.

2. Prevent Ice Dams and Icicles

Ice is not nice...icicles are a telltale sign that ice dams may be forming on your roof

11/24/2017 8:26:09 PM

Great tips! But when you do NOT have the money to do them, it is very hard to make sure your house is as efficient as it should be!

Anabell Jones
12/17/2013 2:25:42 AM

These tips are great for people of icy areas. Nobody can leave roof gutters not addressed since the failure to clean them lead to high http://alcoil.com.au/page/faqs.html and also bears pain due to water leakages.

10/8/2013 5:15:09 PM

Joe, all great tips for winter preparation. I've already started preparing with the garden clean up. The gutters do need cleaning but our leaf fall isn't done until the middle of November. I do have to drain my rain barrels and put the down spouts back in place for the winter months. I spent the day outside cleaning up the brush around the fence line in the back and side yards. Now a good mowing of the front and back yard will bring the yard once again under control. So much to do and so little time to do it. Have a great fall day.

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