Tips to help prepare your home for winter

As the first leaves hit the ground and those fall breezes turn from cool to cold, it’s time to prepare for the winter. Whether that means snowstorms and ice or just the heavy chills many experienced in last year’s milder season, experts advise preparing your home for whatever Old Man Winter has in store.

Here are 10 popular winterizing tips:

  • Check doors, windows and any exterior opportunities that could affect your home. Caulk cracks and replace cracked or broken glass and dried-out or missing weather-stripping and seals.
  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect, repair or replace flashing, roof shingles or tiles. If needed, add attic insulation to prevent ice dams along the edge of the roof, which can cause water damage to roofs and ceilings.
  • Get the fireplace and furnace ready. Buy or chop firewood and inspect damper and chimney. Have the furnace inspected, clean the ducts, stock up on filters, and inspect or replace the thermostat.
  • Inspect, update or install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire extinguishers.
  • Protect pipes. Insulate exposed pipes, and drain and close off A/C pipes or exterior hose bibs. If you plan a vacation, be sure to leave heat set at least to 55 degrees.
  • Reverse ceiling fans. In the summer, ceiling fans force breezes downward. In winter, reversing the direction of air flow forces the warm air at ceiling height back down along the walls, from where it will rise again, keeping the overall room temperature at a more comfortable level with less need for heating.
  • Prepare landscaping and gardens. Trim dead tree limbs or any branches that are hanging so close to the house or electrical wires that they could cause damage when weighted by ice. Bring sensitive plants indoors or move to greenhouse. Seal or repair sidewalks, driveways, patios, and decks.
  • Service winter equipment. Is your snowblower ready for action? Do you have snow shovels and ice choppers and adequate bags of sand or ice melt or icy surfaces?
  • Assemble an emergency kit. Include first aid supplies, flashlights, candles, lanterns, extra batteries, nonperishable food, and bottled water.

And don’t forget this is a great time of year for a homeowners coverage review with Gunn Mowery, your Trusted Choice independent insurance agent. Should winter storms cause damage to your home, be certain your current protection is adequate.

For more information on how you can properly prepare your home for winter, please contact our personal lines department at Gunn Mowery at 1-800-840-1243, option 2, or email us at info@gunnmowery.com. You can like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GunnMowery.

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