Thursday, 18 December 2014

Tips on getting your home ready for winter

Winter is here. Is your home ready to take the cold? There are quite a few things you need to do, to ensure that your home does not get damaged during the cold weather. You need to take steps to make sure that all your equipment is maintained and protected throughout the winter months.

Here is a checklist of things to take care off for the cold season:

  1. Keep the cold out Make sure that your home is sealed well. A small crack or an unevenly fixed window could make a difference. If there is a crack or chip, you would already feel the draft and your home wouldn’t be getting as warm as it should. Get someone who has experience in the construction business to fix it. They will know what to look for. If you find multiple cracks and your windows and doors are very old, you may need to consider doing a minor remodel to get your home in shape.
  2. Insulating your home Sometimes, just sealing all the cracks may not be enough. Especially in large, big mansions, it can get quite draughty. Insulating your home will make sure that your home retains warmth. You should also consider weather-stripping your home. The spaces around the windows and doors can be weather-stripped to keep in the heat. It may take a bit of remodeling to get your home insulated, but it will be well worth the effort and money, when your home is warm and cozy during the holiday season.
  3. Check your furnaces One of the most important things you have to do before it gets cold is to make sure that your furnace is working properly. Though it doesn’t get severely cold in the Bay Area, you may still need the heating system. Get a good technician to check out your duct system and get your furnace serviced.
  4. Clear the drains One of the worst things that can happen during winter is getting your drains clogged. During autumn, with the trees shedding their leaves, there is a high possibility that a lot of the debris could have gathered in your drains. You don’t want to be dealing with a clogged drain in the middle of winter. Get your drains checked and cleaned thoroughly.

  5. Chimney cleaning Many people in the Bay Area have fireplaces. If you have a regular old-fashioned fireplace, you have to make sure that the chimney is cleaned out well. But, here’s a thought. You should consider getting an artificial fireplace put in. It takes a little bit of remodeling, but will save you hours of work, which includes chopping logs, carrying them inside, cleaning the fireplace and chimney and all the other unnecessary work old-fashioned fireplaces need.
  6. Make sure your roof is ready for the winter Many people take care of the inside of the house to ensure that the interior is warm enough but totally overlook the roof. If your roof is shingled, you need to check the shingles. Even otherwise, a roof inspection is necessary as cracks or breaks in the roof will let in the cold. If the roof is in a very bad shape, you could get the roof renovated. It is cheaper to fix the roof when the damage is not too bad, than to wait for it to get really battered before renovation.
Living in the Bay Area means that winter is a lovely season, but you can ensure that you don’t have to deal with any of the hindrances that winter can throw your way, by being careful in the first place.