Winter is swiftly approaching, and some parts of the country are already seeing cold weather creeping in. Now, while it’s still autumn, is the perfect time to prep your house and get it ready for the winter weather that will be here before we know it. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get your home prepared for cold weather while it’s still nice enough to spend some time outside.
Order Fuel for Your Furnace
If you don’t use an electric heating system for your home, now is the time to order whatever fuel you’ll need — wood, pellets, fuel oil, etc. — to last you through the winter.
Ideally, you should order your fuel supply as early as possible before it starts to get cold. The closer you get to winter, the harder it will be to get enough fuel to last you through the cold season. Demand will go up as last-minute preppers realize they need to restock before the temperature drops. Make sure you’re topped up!
Clean Your Chimney
If you have a fireplace that you’re planning to use this winter, call a chimney sweep and have it professionally inspected and cleaned before you light your first fire of the season. A dirty or clogged chimney can create a fire hazard or allow smoke to build up in your home, putting you and your family at risk.
If you use your fireplace regularly, you should have your chimney cleaned annually to make sure that buildups of soot, creosote, and other blockages aren’t going to cause a problem.
Winterize Your Garage Door
If you’re prepping the rest of your home, now is the perfect time to winterize your garage door as well. Winterizing, in this case, means inspecting the door and all its parts to ensure that everything is in good working order, from the opener to the safety features that keep the door from squishing you and everything in between. Take the time to lubricate all the moving parts as well as the seals between each door panel to prepare them for the dry winter months.
Schedule a Furnace Inspection
You’ll need to make sure that your furnace is in good working order before the temperature starts dropping. The last thing you want to deal with in the dead of winter is a broken-down furnace. Schedule a professional inspection to make sure that everything is working correctly and that the equipment isn’t going to fail on you when you need it the most.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
If your home has ceiling fans, they’re probably equipped with a reverse switch that changes the direction of rotation. Once it starts to get cold enough that you need the heater, switch it so that your fans spin clockwise instead of counterclockwise. This creates an updraft that will push heated air down away from the ceiling, making it easier to keep your rooms comfortable.