I lived in Maryland before moving to the South East, so I know a thing or two about winter prep. It can be very time consuming and you will want to put it on the back burner for months, but once it is done, you will be very glad that you did it all. Here are some of my best tips for getting your home ready for winter. Let me know what you think and if you have any added tips for the list!
An annual attic inspection may not be the top thing on your list to do but it is very important to do for your safety, especially when purchasing a new home. You want to make sure the truss and rafters are secure and prevent fire danger. Water damage is also a problem, it can cause wood to rot and pipes to leak. Water can also cause mold to your insulation. Something people don’t know much about is how wildlife can potentially affect your attic. Squirrels can gnaw through the insulation around the pipes to expose dangerous electrical fires. Air movement through your vents is a very important factor to prevent dangerous mold throughout your home.
Insulated windows will not only help keep the cold out during the winter, but it will also help keep the heat out during the hot southern summers. Energy.gov says, “Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use,” so make sure you are inspecting and replacing your windows, as needed, before the heat or cool air reaches your area.
A furnace inspection is key to a warm and successful winter. Even in Georgia and Florida, the heat does not go unused and it’s very important to make sure it works and is a safe furnace to use for the full winter season.
Having your fireplace inspected is extremely important because it lowers your risk of fire. The Chimney Safety Institute of America says, “If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance.
In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible** portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible* portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.”
Having your chimney inspected before the cool weather hits is essential if you are going to be using your fireplace throughout the winter. If you have a gas fire place, you are lucky and are good to go, unless you notice a strange smell, or a malfunction with the fire itself.
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There you have it – my best tips for getting your home ready for winter! Do you have any tips to add to the list?