For many of us, the cold weather is coming and there are lots of things you can and should do to get your home ready for winter. Taking the time to do a few little fixes can help you save on your energy bills and avoid headaches this winter!
Furnace – If your furnace is 20 years old or more it’s worth the investment to replace it with a high-efficiency model. Fall is also a good time to clean and/or replace your furnace filter. And if you’ve never had your ducts cleaned, you probably should.
Windows & Doors – Fall is a great time to check out the seals on windows and doors. Drafty windows can be sealed up with new caulking and doors with weather stripping. These are easy projects that you can do yourself.
Roof – When was the last time you inspected your roof? An asphalt shingled roof has a lifespan of 12 to 20 years, while a slate roof can last 60 years or more. Look for signs of water damage, sagging or any light shining through and replace any shingles that need it.
Eaves troughs – You should be cleaning them out this twice a year. Clear out any leaves and sticks that will block your eaves and downspouts, which can lead to dangerous ice accumulation. Once clean you can consider installing gutter guards to prevent future blockages.
What do you do to prep your house for winter?