How to Winterize Your Home For The Season
Now that winter is here, it is time to make sure that your home is ready for the cold weather season. There are many things that you should be doing to your house before and during the winter. This can not only help keep your house safe, but help keep you safe as well. If you find that you cannot handle these responsibilities, you may want to consider hiring a professional, or have a friend or family member come help you.
– Check the heating system. More often then not, you won’t realize there is an issue with the heating system until the first very cold day of the year when you try to turn your heater on. Don’t wait until you actually need it—test the heating system out. Make sure that you clean out the furnace and check your heating vents too while you’re at it.
– Check all of the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure to double check the batteries. When you turn the heat on for the first time, the carbon monoxide detectors will detect any leaks.
– Install a new programmable thermostat. This is a great option for seniors who may forget about changing their heat. These programmable thermostats can help automate the heat and make sure that the home is always at a safe temperature.
– Check the outdoor faucets and hoses. This can prevent any icy surfaces from forming.
– Clean out the gutters. This way snow and ice won’t build up and do damage to the gutters or the exterior of the home.
– Check the chimney flu in the fireplace. Lots of people want to cozy up next to the fire when it gets cold out, but it is important that the fireplace, particularly the chimney is ready. Sometimes, there can be buildup in the chimney flue, which can cause a fire hazard.
These tips are essential to keeping yourself and your home safe this winter—and they can make all of the difference in how your season goes.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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