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Prepare Your Home for Winter

If you haven’t already prepared your home for winter, use this remaining time to take care of any last-minute details. It is essential to make sure your home is safe, comfortable, and energy-efficient during the winter months.

 

  1. Insulate and Seal:
    Check your home's insulation in the attic, walls, and crawl spaces. Ensure it's in good condition and add insulation if needed.
    Seal gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and in the foundation to prevent drafts.

  2. Service Your Heating System:
    Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance for your heating system.
    Change the air filter and ensure it’s replaced regularly throughout the winter.

  3. Reverse Ceiling Fans:
    Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to circulate warm air downwards, which can help improve energy efficiency.

  4. Check the Fireplace:
    If you have a fireplace, have it cleaned and inspected before use.
    Ensure the damper is working correctly when the fireplace is not in use.

  5. Programmable Thermostat:
    Consider installing a programmable thermostat to manage heating more efficiently and save on energy costs.

  6. Check for Leaks:
    Inspect your home for water leaks, especially around windows, doors, and the roof.
    Address any leaks or water damage promptly to prevent ice dams and structural issues.

  7. Winterize Outdoor Plumbing:
    Drain and disconnect garden hoses.
    Shut off and drain outdoor water faucets.
    Insulate outdoor pipes to prevent freezing.

  8. Clean Gutters and Downspouts:
    Remove leaves and debris from gutters to ensure proper drainage.
    Consider installing gutter guards to prevent clogs.

  9. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
    Ensure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly and have fresh batteries.

  10. Roof Inspection:
    Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Repair any issues to prevent leaks.

  11. Insulate Pipes:
    Insulate pipes in unheated areas, such as basements and crawl spaces, to prevent freezing.

  12. Winterize Landscaping:
    Trim tree branches that could potentially fall on your home during winter storms.
    Store or cover outdoor furniture and grill.

  13. Stock Up on Winter Supplies:
    Buy enough winter essentials such as salt, sand, and snow shovels to keep walkways and driveways clear.
    Ensure you have an adequate supply of firewood if you have a wood-burning stove or fireplace.

  14. Emergency Kit:
    Assemble an emergency kit with items like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food in case of power outages or severe weather.

  15. Winterize Your Car:
    Prepare your vehicle for winter by checking the antifreeze, tires, and ensuring you have a winter emergency kit in your car.

 

If you need help doing any of these tasks, please reach out to me. I have a network of trusted professionals that can help! By completing these tasks, your home will be ready for the challenges of winter, and you'll be better prepared to stay warm, safe, and comfortable during the colder months.

 

Norwalk IA Real Estate – Jon Niemeyer, Broker/Owner/REALTOR® at EXIT Realty North Star. I list and sell real estate in Central Iowa including Norwalk, Des Moines, West Des Moines, Cumming, Indianola, Carlisle, Waukee, Urbandale, Grimes, Clive, Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, and Pleasant Hill in the Counties of Warren, Polk, Dallas, and Madison. Call Jon Niemeyer at 515-490-4675.   

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