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How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

Even though fall just arrived, winter is right around the corner, which means that it’s time to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. When you are busy planning for the holidays, don’t forget to give your home a winter health check too. Harsh weather conditions can strike at any time, and if you're prepared you can minimize its impact. With extra care, your home will be functioning at its best over the winter months, leaving you free to enjoy the season.

Start at the Top of Your House

The roof is one of the most vital parts of your home and it is important to spot any potential problems as soon as possible, to avoid more severe issues. If you notice damaged roof tiles or other signs that your roof may require repair you should get it checked by a roofing company. Problems with roofs are not always apparent from the outside of your home. You may spot signs of damage internally in your attic before you notice anything outside. Look for potential problems such as leaks in your attic space, which could be a sign of an issue with the roof.

To keep your home cozy and warm through the winter, it is also a good idea to have your attic insulation checked. This will help you to ensure that your roof is energy efficient. The right attic insulation could help save you money on your energy bills as well.

Clear Your Gutters

The beautiful colors of the leaves are one of the prettiest sights in fall. This time of year, you may find that the gutters of your home are full of debris, including leaves. Gutters which are clogged with leaves and other debris cannot function properly. A blockage can prevent rainwater from being channeled away from your home correctly.
Water running down the exterior walls of your home can result in water penetrating through to the internal walls and lead to mold forming inside. If you have a basement, you may find that the rainwater leaks through if it is not being directed away from the building. To avoid these types of problems, have your gutters cleaned regularly and consider having a professional do the cleaning for you.

Furnace Health Check

It often seems that on the coldest days your furnace can let you down. And what makes it worse is that on those chilly days, it may take longer for the furnace and heating company to get to you. It is a good idea to book your furnace for a maintenance check-up and get it serviced before the cold weather arrives. A well-maintained furnace will prevent heating problems down the road and give you time for any necessary repairs to be made before the freezing temperatures of winter are here.

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