Much of the harshest weather that can affect your home throughout the year occurs during the cooler months. In the fall, high winds can shear off loose pieces of your structure while torrential rains penetrate your roof. In the winter, colder temperatures can freeze and break pipes while snow can pile up to damage your roof, walkways, or driveway.
Use the following tips to prep your home while the weather is still warm to prevent these mishaps from happening. Not only will you preserve your house, but you'll also stay more comfortable until warmer months arrive.
Get Up on the Roof
Inspect the roof, which is your first line of defense against anything from the sky. Look for loose shingles and make sure they're nailed down firmly. Look for any holes or gaps that could let water through to the interior. Clear the gutters of any leaves and branches and make sure the downspouts are clear by running water through them. Installing a leaf guard can prevent gutter buildup in the future. While you're outside, look for loose siding, shutters, or other structural component and fasten them down.
Check for Leaks
Disconnect, drain and store garden hoses. Make sure outdoor faucets are completely drained of water, or the liquid may freeze and burst the pipes. Check any exposed pipes for leaks and insulate the pipes to protect them from the cold. Once you're inside, feel for leaks around windows, doors, and vents. Seal any gaps with caulk to prevent cool air from coming in and warm air from leaking out.
Take Care of the Plants
Prune any dead or heavy branches that may pound against your home during a strong wind. If you have any young plants, protect them with a blanket or a plastic sheet. If you're using the latter material, remove the plastic before the sun appears or your plants may bake. Guard your perennials against the cold by adding about two to four inches of mulch around their crowns.
Redecorate for Warmth
Replace warm-weather window coverings with heavy or thermal drapes. Swap out summer-weight linens on your beds with ones made of thicker fabric like knits and flannels. Put blankets around the living room so you can wrap yourself in warmth without turning up the heat. Make sure the blades of any ceiling fans turn clockwise during cold weather, so warm air is pushed from the ceiling back into the room.
Add Light and Nature
Because cooler days have longer periods of darkness, bring in some brightness by adding lights to rooms you use more often. Even draping Christmas lights on the mantle adds a welcome glow. Bringing in nature can remind you of warmer days. Add indoor plants, such as poinsettias, and the sound of running water with tabletop fountains.
Need help preparing your HVAC unit before winter arrives? Give us a call at Kimbro Air to schedule your yearly maintenance appointment. For more helpful tips, make sure to check out our other blogs!