4 Tips For Getting Your Home Ready For Winter

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Winter is right around the corner, so it is time to get your home ready for the frigid temperatures ahead. Spending some time preparing your home for the winter during the fall months will give you peace of mind and ensure that your house is ready for cold temperatures and heavy snow or rain. Do the following tasks to make sure that your home is ready for winter:

Clean the Gutters

A properly maintained gutter system is essential for removing rain water or melting snow. Towards the end of the fall, after the trees in your yard have lost their leaves, make sure that the gutters are totally clean and free of debris. Failure to clean your gutters can result in excess water collecting on your roof, which can cause extensive damage. If you have a multi-level home, you may want to consider hiring a professional company to thoroughly clean the gutters.

Propane Tank Maintenance 

If you live in a home that uses propane for heat, some simple steps can ensure that you and your family will stay warm all winter long. It is a good idea to have your propane tank inspected in the fall by a company like Blue Flame Gas Service. They can ensure that the valves are functioning properly and there are no cracks is the pipes connecting the propane tank to your home. Inspect the outdoor vents, chimneys and flues to ensure that they are not blocked by debris in order to lower the chance of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. While it may be expensive, having your propane tank completely filled during the fall will leave you prepared for freezing winter storms where you need a lot of fuel to heat your home.

Have Your Roof Checked Out

Roof damage isn't always obvious from the ground, so you may want to have your roof inspected before snow or freezing rain makes its appearance in your area. Loose or missing shingles can cause leaks in your roof, which can lead to interior damage and costly repairs. A roofing contractor can typically do a pre-winter roof inspection in a few hours and then recommend any repairs needed.

Inspect Your Attic

Fall is the perfect time to inspect your attic to look for signs of leaks or any cracks that let in outside air. A properly insulated attic can keep your house warmer and save you a lot of money on energy costs, so think about having a contractor look in your attic and inspect the insulation. If your insulation is old or has had any water damage, replacing it or adding extra insulation may be worth the one time expense.

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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

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