Winter is on the way! The colder weather is just around the corner and as frost is forming it is a good reminder to get your home ready for the temperature drop! StateFarm Insurance has put together a great list of simple things that people often forget about when the weather does make that change.
Clean your gutters… Clear debris from gutters and test downspouts for drainage to protect against water damage. This is also going to help keep things clear when ice starts to form. Frozen gutters filled with ice could be very damaging.
Trim your limbs… Dead and frozen limbs are the first to fall in bad weather! Keeping them trimmed could prevent more problems in the long run when you have to fix the damages to your roof or car caused by a falling tree/limb.
Keep air from leaking in or out… Eliminating air leaks will improve your homes comfort and efficiency. The basement and attic are the biggest contributors to air loss! Attics lets warm air out and the basement draws cold air right back in!
Check your furnace… Have your furnace professionally inspected and cleaned to reduce the risk of a breakdown and to keep the system running efficiently. If you have a fireplace, have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected and ensure that your damper opens, closes and seals tightly.
Winterize sprinklers and outdoor faucets... Remove all hoses or devices attached to outdoor spigots. Make sure that you also have your outdoor sprinkler system blown out, and drain all excess water!
For more information about winterizing your home, read the full article here provided by StateFarm insurance