As the leaves in Iowa begin to fall, it means the snow of winter is not far off. The team here at Space Simply put together our top list of things we do to prepare our own homes for the change in seasons and most of these tips are easy for any homeowner to tackle, and you will be glad you did.
Tune up Your Furnace
Whether you call a technician or check your furnace yourself, now is the time to make sure your furnace is ready to tackle the cold wintery months Iowa brings. By checking your furnace before you actually need it, you’ll be able to secure any needed repairs before you actually need them (and you won’t have to wait long, either!). This is also a good time to change your filter and check the carbon monoxide detectors in your home just like you’d check your fire alarms. There are also a lot of energy efficiency tips you should review to see if you can implement any before winter.
Check the Seals around Doors and Windows
Iowa is notorious for its brutally cold winters and hot summers, and the last 12 months were no different. It is important not only for energy efficiency, but also to ensure no water is able to get in behind your windows and framing to make sure that the seal is still strong and secure around all your windows and doors. Silicone caulk is best for exteriors because it doesn’t shrink and is very strong through any environmental experience that may come its way. One other thing you may want to check is the weatherstripping around and under doors. Doors are notorious for being the culprits of air leakage throughout the summer and winter months.
Clean the Gutters
One of the benefits of living in brand new neighborhoods in the suburbs of Des Moines is the lack of tall trees because no leaves or twigs will end up in your gutters for years! Not so for the older, more established neighborhoods. If you don’t clean out your gutters before winter, you may have water back up against the house and damage the roofing, siding, and wood trim; not to mention the potential for dangerous ice dams as the snow melts in the springtime. Check out this YouTube video from Lowe's on how to clean your gutters.
Manage Water Drainage
Typically water moves pretty easily down and away from your home during the summer months, but in the winter, due to the snow and cold environment, water moves much slower which can cause real damage to your home over time. Make sure your downspouts are clear of debris and that the water discharges at least three to four feet away from your foundation; ideally on a down-slope away from your home.
Roll Up The Hose
One thing you should never forget to do in preparing for winter is unhooking your hose from your exterior faucet and draining any excess water. If you don’t, the water is likely to freeze causing both your hose and your pipes to burst as the ice expands.
Check the Gas Fireplace, Too
Just like you checked your home’s furnace, so too should you check your gas fireplace. Over the summer, it is possible that your pilot light went out. Simply turn on your fireplace and see if it turns on. If not, follow the institution on how to re-light it or call a technician.
All these check ups will help ensure your home is ready for the winter ahead. Now you’re prepared for a relaxing and comforting winter and you won’t have to worry about your home!
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