Even though winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st, how often has the cold weather and the snow waited until the start of the frigid season? In Pennsylvania, we’ve often experienced snowstorms in November and even a random storm in October. Now is the best time to get your house ready for the next few months. Having the proper insulation is the first step, but it’s not the only one. Here is a list of ways you can get your home ready for the winter.
• Ensure Your Home In Properly Insulated: Before anything else, it’s important that your home is correctly insulated from top to bottom. Not only does this keep the hot air in, and the cold air out, it also protects your home from the damp elements that come with the season. Give us a call as soon as you call to look over your home’s insulation to see if it needs to be replaced, or if more insulation is needed!
• Carbon Monoxide Alarm: Several household appliances could cause a carbon monoxide leak, such as stoves, heaters, boilers, etc. Carbon monoxide is dangerous because there’s no smell to it, even when there’s a substantial buildup. Like a smoke alarm, the CO alarm will let you know of an issue before it becomes a severe issue.
• Insulate Hot-Water Pipes: Even if you use water regularly, the water in the pipes still has a chance to freeze when the temperature dips. During the winter, you may not realize the pipe burst, but when the weather warms up, you’re going to have a mess when the pipe bursts. Insulating the pipes will prevent the water from getting too cold.
• Clean the Gutters: The gutter helps redirect any water from getting caught in the roof or the house’s siding. Anything that gets caught like leaves, twigs, etc. forces the rain and melting snow into the house instead of down the gutters. Clear them out before the snow starts, especially if you notice leaves gathering in them.