When you see college football outdoors, you know that winter is near. You’d have to prepare for the cold and the first thing you’ll probably do is buy some new winter clothes. After that, think about the ways you’d want to protect your home from the cold season. There’s a lot of tips on winterizing your home online. And this is one of the many.
Most homeowners think that preparing for winter would cost a lot. The truth is there are many ways to easily and cost-efficiently save money and keep the heat inside your home. One way is by adding fresh insulation in your attic, ceilings, basements, and walls. This does not only keep you warm and cozy in your home but also wouldn’t spike up your heating bill for this season.
Good Time For An Insurance Check-Up
Here at AIS, we help our clients find the best value insurance coverage for their needs. . As you winterize your home, you also want to ensure that you’re covered for winter-related damages to your home. Winter can be harsh weather that causes pipes to burst and water damage from ice dams. This is also to make sure that you know your updated insurance policy. Having a review of your home insurance policy gives you the assurance that every change that you are about to do is covered.
If you are thinking of winterizing your home, AIS has a 5-minute check-up. You can easily review your insurance policies in just 5 minutes before making any life changes.
Benefits of Preparing For Winter
Winterizing your home seems like a tedious and expensive task. You would rather have your money spent elsewhere while doing something relaxing than installing heat systems in your home. Preparing for winter is just a small price to pay for the things that could happen in the future.
Protecting your home from the cold means that you are protecting those inside your home, too. Prolonged exposure to cold weather could cause health issues such as frostbite or hypothermia to your or your loved ones.
It pays to keep the snow, ice, or any buildup away from your roof during this season. These could result in your gutter falling off, the walls of your house cracked, or grow molds in the foundation of your house. Your home should be a place where you are safe. Everything you own and love is inside it. Making sure that it withstands any kind of weather means that you are not just protecting your house, but also everything and everyone inside it.
The preparations you’ll need in winterizing your home are only a one-time payment. Compared to having your house repaired from time to time because of winter, buying the equipment to protect it is way cheaper. You can think of this as a long-term investment in your home. You’d get to avoid the costly repair fees, maintenance fees, and hospital bills.
Prepare For Winter
Now that you have decided to prepare your home for the winter, the first thing that you should have is an emergency kit. Your emergency kit must be placed at an accessible part of your home as this would include:
- First Aid Kit
- Whistles used to ask for help
- Basic Tools
- Manual Can Opener
- Small Supply of Food
Make sure that you have all of these ready in case something happens during winter. Power outages are common during winter, so this equipment in your emergency kit will come in handy.
As a part of being a responsible homeowner, make sure to mark everything on this checklist to prepare for the winter. Sticking to this list would reward you with a hassle-free and relaxed winter experience. Plus, you wouldn’t have to worry about bills of any kind.
Reverse your ceiling fans
Reversing the ceiling fans would pull out the warm air from the ceiling, then spreading it throughout the occupied spaces in the room.
Inspect furnace and replace filters
By inspecting your furnace, you can make sure that it will give you warmth during the winter. Checking it beforehand saves you a lot of time instead of finding out that it is already faulty when you need it badly. Regularly changing your furnace filters would also help prevent allergies during the winter. A new and clean filter would maximize the efficiency of your heating system. At the same time purify the air going around in your home.
Insulate water pipes
The benefit of insulating your water pipe is to prevent flooding in your home. Frozen water pipes tend to burst to cause more damage to your house and its structure. It would take months to clean up the damage and restore the house itself after this would happen. So, insulating your house’s water pipes would come a long way. There are several ways you could insulate water pipes. The most common and easiest way would be to use strips of pipe wrap or use foam pipe sleeves.
Turn off outdoor water and sprinklers
If you have an irrigation system in your home, review the owner’s manual to know the best steps in preparing the water system. It is important to turn off outside water and sprinklers during the time of winter. If the excess water or leftover water during the fall on the pipe freezes, it might crack the pipe. A small crack on the water pipe can damage the whole irrigation system. Repairing or buying a new system would cost a lot, so turning it off during winter is not that much compared to that.
Clean your wood stoves and chimneys
As a part of the heating system of your home, you might regularly use your wood stoves and chimneys. As the years go by, these heating systems’ efficiency is reduced. An inefficient chimney and wood stove does not only make the heating bill costly, but it also poses a threat of chimney fire. So it is important to clean the wood stoves and chimney as it would reduce the cost for your bill and protect your home.
Install window insulators
Window insulators would keep the warmth inside your home and prevent it from spreading outside it. It would also prevent cold, winter air outside from getting inside your home. Window insulators are one of the cheapest parts of a house’s heating system. There are various materials that one could use such as insulation films and magnetic insulation for windows. If you are in a bind, you can use bubble wrap on your window or use a thermal curtain during the winter.
Preparing winter tools
Store away your summer tools! It’s time to pull out the winter tools such as snow blowers, shovels, and ice scrapers. Better place them somewhere accessible and near where you would most likely use them. This would save you time being exposed to the cold, and just make your way to the snow.
Invest in a programmable thermostat
We are now in the digital age. Innovators are working hard to make our daily lives more convenient. A programmable thermostat is a worthy investment for the winter. It is a tool that adjusts the temperature in the room at a certain pre-set schedule. In this way, your heating system won’t run overtime if you are not in the room. The thermostat will automatically turn off depending on the time that you’ve set it off.
Make necessary repairs and adjustments
You can perform a short inspection in your home. Take note of your house’s sidings. Repair or replace anything that seems to be falling. This could injure people around your house if it falls off your sidings
Stock up on emergency supplies
As a part of your emergency kit, you should always have water and food. Power outages are common during winter, people would probably have a hard time replenishing any of their basic goods if this happens. Make sure that you have enough emergency food and your basic needs during winter.
Provide an outside air supply
.The air supply would be for your combustion appliances. Have a professional take a look at your gas stove and furnaces, so they could make the necessary arrangements for the needed air supply.
Your vehicles are just as important as your home. You would need it to go out if ever you would need something from the store, or you’d need to go somewhere during winter. Make sure that it receives the same care and protection the same as your house.
Seal cracks wherever in your house
Protecting the structure of your home from the wet season and cold temperature. Sealing the cracks of windows, doors, and other parts of your home would strengthen the foundation of some parts of your home. A small crack can turn into something big if left unattended.
Replace batteries in smoke detectors
The temperature drops during winter. It is also a fact that batteries and temperature are somehow related. The smoke detector could go off even without smoke when it’s cold. This is because a drop in the temperature would give the battery a hard time working. Hence, causing a false alarm and panic in your home during a supposedly relaxed winter night.
Clean the gutters
Have your gutters cleaned by a professional or clean them on your own before the winter. The snow and ice would make it harder to clean when the winter comes. Have a merry spring-cleaning before the winter!
Add insulation where it is needed
During your regular home inspection, you could add in a little insulation check to determine whether you need to add more insulation and where. Make sure to take note of what type of insulation you have already before adding more insulation to your home.
Check for leaks
Your gutters, windows, and roofs are the most common areas to have leaks. It is essential to check these areas for leaks before winter. Freezing water and low temperature could add pressure to the water pipes causing them to crack. If the water pipe already has a crack, to begin with, the cold season could damage it further. This would be costly to repair or replace.
Trim shrubs around your home
Shrubs and trees can hold a certain weight of snow. Make sure to trim those branches that are near your home to prevent snowfall accidents – to you or your vehicle. You wouldn’t want to scoop another pile of snow off your vehicle or home, right?
We are here to help!
Adding a heating system and making sure the pipes to your home don’t freeze can be tedious tasks but are meant to protect the structural integrity of your home. In turn, Team AIS aims to protect you and your home so that it shouldn’t be something that you have to worry about in the future. Having the right insurance coverage is keeping your family safe and secure this coming Winter Season. Call us on our toll-free hotlines (855) 973-1202 or (855) 712-6584 today, and we review your coverage for you!