Is Your Home Winter Ready?
As the leaves start to change colors, it is no secret that cold winter months are just ahead. Frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and even wind are some the weather changes you can expect to experience as winter gets closer. Now is the perfect time to start preparing properties to assure homes are winter ready. Take a look at these few home prep tips to ensure you stay warm all winter long.
- Schedule an appointment with an HVAC company.
Scheduling a routine service appointment every fall helps improve their longevity and keeps systems running efficiently. A professional HVAC contractor will inspect the system along with cleaning it to assure it is in proper working order.
- Check windows and doors for leaks.
Drafts are an ongoing nuisance for many property owners that struggle to stay warm indoors during the winter and cool during the summer. Cracks and leaks near doors and windows are the leading cause of drafts. Take the time to inspect all windows and doors thoroughly and fill or repair any openings.
- Turn outdoor water sources off.
Garden hoses left attached during the winter months can result in a burst pipe. Before the temperature drops below freezing, remove hoses, drain the water, and turn the water off.
- Prepare for emergencies.
Blizzards can cause snow-ins for days and sometimes loss of power. Prepare for these now by gathering emergency supplies including bottled water, flashlights, batteries, blankets, first aid supplies, and non-perishable food.
- Schedule chimney maintenance.
Chimneys need the same great care and attention that heating systems require to remain in good working order. Before using a chimney, homeowners should schedule a chimney inspection and cleaning.
Follow these home prep tips to get your home winter ready. AR Management is a property management company located in New Jersey that helps property owners with ongoing property maintenance. Contact our professional team today for additional information on how we can help.