Winter can be fun; with the holidays on the horizon and new year on the way, it’s an exciting time. But there are some things about the season that aren’t so fun and can’t be ignored, like maintenance around the house. Without proper winter maintenance, your home can become damaged and become unsafe, moving forward. Working around the house isn’t always fun, but these maintenance tips can save you a lot of money on future repairs, making it more than worth your time.
Weatherproof Windows and Doors
Getting out in front of winter weather and preparing your windows and doors is critical to do at the first sign of winter. Your windows and doors can be prone to allowing drafts through gaps in the window or door. You may even notice an increase in the cost of your utility bills. Weatherstripping and caulking can help fix some small gaps, but if there is a more significant issue, replacing your windows or doors may be the only option.
Reverse Your Fans
Turning your fans in the opposite direction is a less well-known tip for keeping your home comfortable in the winter, but can be very effective. Switching the direction of the fan actually prevents warm air from rising as it usually does, and keeps it where you can feel it. To reverse your fan, simply check for a switch on the outside of it and flip it in the opposite direction. This tip will absolutely help you save money on heating costs this winter.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Your roofing and siding play a huge role in protecting your home from weather, but so do the gutters, they help divert water away from your home and keep it dry. This activity should be done multiple times throughout the year, but you’ll want to make sure that your gutters are clean and clear heading into winter. If leaves and debris are sitting in your gutters, it’ll have the chance to freeze and become quite heavy, causing unnecessary stress to your gutters and exposing your roof. Icicles can already cause enough stress to your gutters in the wintertime, no need to add leaves and sticks to the mix!
Keep the Heat On
In the winter, it’s important to keep your heat on all of the time to prevent your pipes from freezing. Keeping your home at a baseline warmth will ensure that your pipes don’t freeze and also save you some money because your heating system won’t have to work double-time to reach a comfortable temperature.
If you need help ensuring your home’s safety as we head into winter, our team at Nations Choice Windows is ready to help! You can reach out to our team at (703) 844-9984 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! Our team looks forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roof replacement needs!