It is almost winter time again, and with the cold weather comes the need to prepare your home for the long freezing and wet months ahead. Water damage, pests, and sudden cold can wreak havoc as the temperatures drop, so it is best to stave off problems before they occur. Here are three tips you can use to prepare your home for winter.
1. Insulate the Attic
When was the last time you checked the insulation in your attic to see if it had shifted, settled, or was torn to pieces by infesting critters? Cold can easily invade your home through small uncovered sections of your attic the size of a dollar bill, sending your utility bills soaring, and costing you hundreds of dollars a year. The same is true for settled or compressed and inefficient insulation. Call an insulation company to inspect the area and give you a quote on what it would cost to add enough insulation to bring the area up to what Energy Star suggests.
2. Check for Pests
When days become cold and the nights even colder, pests begin looking for warm places to spend the long winter sleeping snugly and warm. Spiders love to hide under siding, mice, and squirrels try to move into attic spaces, and carpenter ants can build nests under your home. Call an extermination team like Salem pest management at the first sign of any pest problems.
3. Secure Your Heating
Your chimney and furnace may work hard all winter long, so make sure they are inspected and cleaned once a year. The technician can make sure animals are not nesting in your chimney and that your furnace filters are clean as well.
Winter doesn’t have to be a miserable time when the temperatures drop outside. You can stay toasty warm inside when you make sure your attic is insulated, remove unwanted pests, and check the furnace for any problems.