With fall almost coming to a close, it is time to start looking ahead to winter. The winter season is an exciting time because it is also when the holidays take place. With so many things to think about and prepare for, getting your home ready for the cold weather could be put in the backburner, as far as priorities are concerned.
But this should not be the case. You should use fall as a time to prepare your home to ensure that it can withstand the extreme weather conditions ahead of you. In particular, you want to work with experts such as KG Windows and Doors to ensure that you protect your investment.
Winter Prep Checklist for the Home
Below is a checklist of essential items you need to check or tune-up before winter arrives. With this checklist, you can ensure that your home is ready for winter so that it can do its job of keeping your family safe and warm.
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Follow these tips to fix any issues that your home might have and to ensure that it can sustain the harsh weather that winter brings:
1. Check the heating and air conditioning system.
The majority of the heating and air conditioning systems are designed to last for up to 15 years. If your system is quite old, it is important to check it regularly. With proper maintenance, you should be able to optimize the life span of the system.
Before winter officially arrives, you need to change the filters and have a reputable HVAC contractor take a look at it. There are some issues to the HVAC system that you might overlook but experts would be able to identify.
By hiring a professional, you can have any minor issues fixed and this will ensure that you will get proper heating during winter. The worst thing that could happen is for your heating system to fail in the middle of frigid winter months.
2. Install weatherstripping.
Check (or have someone who is an expert look at) the exterior of your home. See if there are any cold air leaks. Make sure you do this from the inside of the house and then work your way outside. Some experts use advanced technology to check for cold drafts.
If there is any draft, make sure it is sealed properly. This can be done by installing a foam or weatherstripping material. You can install it by yourself or hire someone to do it for you. This will help to regulate the temperature within your home and keep cold air from getting inside.
3. Paint and seal exterior walls.
If you have wood trimming on your home, the material must be protected during winter. Before winter arrives, take time to repaint and re-seal the wood trim. This is very common with doors and windows.
Unlike your outdoor deck wherein the wood materials are pressure-treated, the same is not the case with the wood trims. Make sure you have it sealed and treated so they will not rot or get damaged because of the cold winter weather.
If you wait until the wood trim is completely damaged, it would be too expensive to repair at this point. The best thing to do is always to prevent damage. You can paint and caulk the wood trim so that it won’t rot.
4. Seal the hard surfaces.
Your outdoor space is part of your home, so do not neglect them as you prepare your home for winter. Your patio and deck should be protected, as well as your driveway or walkways at home. Apply a concrete sealer on these surfaces in preparation for winter.
Do this on all flat exterior concrete surfaces. Make sure you visually inspect all exterior flat surfaces in your home for any signs of cracks. If there are any, you need to apply a sealer.
This will prevent water from entering through the cracks and freezing during winter. When the water freezes in these cracks, it can cause more damage to your driveway or walkway.
Tips to get your home ready for winter. (Image Source: Unsplash)
5. Inspect the roof.
Your roof is the primary part of your home that is designed to protect its occupants. Without a good roof, the entire structure of your home is compromised. Get an expert to inspect the roof of your home. Are there any loose or damaged shingles? If there are, it can cause a leak during snow in winter.
You do not want this to happen! Make sure your roof is durable and in good condition. Get a handyman to replace any damaged or loose shingles. Otherwise, it can cause damage to the entire roof and that would be more costly to repair!
As part of maintaining the roof system for winter, make sure to check the gutters too. Remove any debris off the gutter. If any debris or dirt would collect at the gutter, it can cause ice leaks or ice dams. This can damage the roof and siding of your home.
6. Do an energy audit.
A professional energy audit is an important step to prepare your home for winter. It is a vital investment that will enable you to assess if there are any leaks in your windows and doors. It is also a good time to set up a programmable thermostat.
Thus, it can adjust to provide heating depending on the existing temperature. This is one way to ensure that your system is not producing more heat than it needs to.
Work with KG Windows and Doors to Prep Your Home for Winter!
Do you want to have peace of mind going into the winter months? If you answered yes, then you can turn to K and G Solutions for all types of repairs and installations. Whether you want to upgrade your home features or make some repairs to old systems, we can do the job for you.
At K & G, you can guarantee that only expert professionals are working on your home. We are considered as Colorado’s best when it comes to windows, siding, roofing, solar systems, doors, gutters, and more. Wherever you might need repair, we can take care of it, no matter if it is a big or small project. You can request a quote so you have an idea of how much the project will cost.
As already mentioned, KG Windows and Doors is a trusted name in Colorado. We strive for quality and we let our work speak for it. If you would like to learn more about the company and the people behind it, you can check out our company profile here. If you have any other inquiries, send it to email@example.com or call (720) 883-1267.