It is time to pack away our swimming suits, shorts, and T-shirts to make room for boots, scarves, and winter hats! In addition to wardrobe changes, homeowners should also begin to think about preparing their home for the upcoming cold months! Here are a few simple tips to ensure your home is properly winterized:
- Clear out your gutters. Once all of the leaves have fallen off of the trees, you can clean out any that have accumulated in your rain gutters.
- Locate any leaks in your home, and re-caulk them! This can help to keep the warm air in, and the cold air out.
- Add more insulation to your attic. You should have at least 12 inches of insulation for your home to maintain temperature.
- Make sure your furnace is in good working order before you actually need it. Hire a professional to inspect it, and purchase a new filter.
- Make sure your ducts are well insulated, and connected. If they are not, you could be losing almost 60% of your hot air!
- Put up storm windows! This will help to keep the warmth in when the cold days hit. If storm windows are a bit too expensive for this season’s budget, consider purchasing a less expensive window insulation kit.
- Hire a professional chimney sweep to examine your chimney before use. It should be free of soot, critters, and creosote.
- Change the direction of your ceiling fans! This will direct the air down, forcing it to continue to circulate. This will keep your home feeling warmer, and your family cozier.
- Make sure all of the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors are working properly! If you are not sure how old the batteries are, you can test them by pressing the “test” button.
If you would like to speak to an insurance agent about purchasing a homeowners insurance policy that will help protect your home from unpredictable winter disasters, then please contact Unisource Insurance Associates, located in Wauwatosa!