Don’t forget to quick fix your home and transition for the colder days. Make sure your home is ready and safe for your family. Get it on with our checklist!
1. Check Batteries
This is a simple yet often overlooked step. Checking the batteries in your various alarms and safety devices will make sure everyone stays safe this winter, no matter what accidents or storms occur. Make sure flashlights are ready to go in case of power outages. In addition, stocking up on extra batteries is always a good idea!
2. Clean Out Gutters
Be sure to clean your gutters before winter hits to prevent costly repairs and damage on your home. Cleaner rain gutters will help with melting ice and excess rain to flow properly, preventing flooding and other home damages.
3. Cover Cracks & Leaks
To make sure you heat your home efficiently, seal any cracks that can possible let cold air in. Add weather stripping or caulking to remove unwanted air leaks and drafts, and most importantly, to keep those heating bills low!
4. Trim Branches
Ensure your yard stays strong and healthy until the spring by trimming your branches. Winter storms can weigh down trees with ice and snow, and wind only adds to your problems.
5. Reverse Ceiling Fans
To best circulate heat around your home, reverse your ceiling fans from their summer direction. This is a great way to give your family extra warmth without adding to the heating bill.
6. Clean Chimneys
One the best parts of cold weather is curling up by the fire. Schedule a professional chimney cleaning early in the season to make sure you are ready before extra-low temps hit. Be sure to also check the exterior of your chimney for loose materials or debris.
7. Add Insulation
Keep the heat in and the cold out by adding insulation to your home. This will cut your energy bill while also giving you extra warmth. Some of our favorite quick fixes include adding a chic thick curtain or fuzzy floor rugs to trap heat in your home.