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What Every Homeowner Should Do Before Winter

If you are a homeowner, here are some of the ways you can prepare yourself for the cold winter months ahead.



If you live in a part of the world that experiences harsh winters you may be familiar with some of the common things you should do to winterize your home. Preparing your home for the winter season is important to make sure your home stays safe during the months of heavy snow and freezing cold temperatures. If this upcoming winter will be the first time you are living in an area that experiences cold winters then there are some things you need to know before the season hits and leaves you unprepared.







If you are a homeowner, here are some of the ways you can prepare yourself for the cold winter months ahead.


Get a fireplace inspection

If you want to keep your family safe this winter, you will want to consider having your fireplace swept and checked before you start using it to heat your home during the cold winter months. Having your fireplace inspected is important to make sure it is safe and not clogged up. Clogged chimneys can result in serious safety concerns for you and your family because they can lead to house fires. Every year hundreds of homes are damaged by fire due to clogged chimneys. If you want to make sure your family will be safe this winter, make the call and have your chimney inspected.







Getting a home generator

If you do not have a fireplace at home, you may be heating your home with a central warm air furnace. If you want to make sure your family stays safe you should look into purchasing a home generator. Anne Carr of The Popular Home highly suggests that one should invest in a home generator during the winter months to make sure that you and your family will be able to keep warm even during power outages. A generator will allow you to keep your house warm by powering a heat source and it can also power other devices like a microwave, TV, and lights in your home.


Check your home’s windows and doors



As winter approaches it is important to have all your windows and doors checked that lead to outside your home. Windows and doors that are not insulated properly can lead to inefficient heating in your home. That can cost you a lot of money as you try to keep your home warm during the cold winter months. If you check the insulation around the windows and doors in your home before winter approaches this will give you time to reinforce the areas that require more insulation.

This is a very important tip that can help save you hundreds of dollars in heating costs every winter. If you are a new home buyer, it is important to have your windows and doors checked before your first winter. If you have already been living in your home, you may want to consider checking the insulation around your windows and doors every 2-3 years.







Winterize your garden

If you are into landscaping you may have a garden or hedges in your garden. If you want to protect them this winter so that they can live until spring, you will want to make sure you take the necessary steps to protect them. Cold temperatures can be damaging to small trees and hedges in your garden. If you want to have your trees around next summer it is important to wrap them in landscaping cloth before the cold hits. This will help protect the shape of the bush or hedge and will also offer a little bit of insulation.

Also, if you have patio furniture you may want to put that in a shed or storage locker for the winter so that it does not suffer damage.

If you are a homeowner, you should remember the tips mentioned above as they can help protect your home during the winter months. It is important to stay one step ahead of winter and you can do that by preparing your home. Make sure you have your fireplace inspected so that it is safe to use this winter. Remember that clogged chimneys can lead to uncontrolled fires in your home and cause severe damage. As a matter of safety you should make sure you and your family that your chimney is in working order before using it.

Additionally, if you want to heat your home efficiently this winter you need to have your windows and doors checked for areas that need reinforced insulation. This can help save you thousands of dollars in heating costs. If your home has a landscaped backyard you will need to make sure that it is ready for winter as well.







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