4 Task To Prep Your Home For Winter
As we’re making our way into Fall and it starts to get cool here in Myrtle Beach, it’s important to take the right precautions to secure your home. That includes Homeowners Insurance as well as checking the following:
Seal windows and doors.
This Old House says to seal gaps larger than ⅛ inch around windows and doors to cut your winter heating bill by up to 15 percent. On windows, press adhesive-backed closed-cell foam onto the bottom of the sash. Secure a loose sash by applying a strip of plastic V-channel weatherstripping in the groove the sash slides in, securing it with finish nails. Use foam strips on the sides and tops of doors, and install a door sweep on the bottom.
Seal up any cracks.
Inspect your driveway and walkway for any cracks in the concrete. In freezing temperatures, these cracks are bound to fill with water, causing a slip hazard. Simply fill the cracks with caulking and smooth the surface with a putty knife. For larger cracks, trowel on a vinyl concrete patching compound, and let it cure one day before walking on it, three days before driving over it.
Clean Cooling Devices
If you have ceiling fans, change their rotation to clockwise to push warm air down (usually accomplished by flicking a switch on the base), and while you’re at it, wipe down the blades with a microfiber cloth that traps dust. At month’s end or when the temps drop, remove window AC units. Vacuum the coils and filters, and store them in a cool, dry place, preferably covered to keep out dust and bugs.
Inspect the attic.
This is a huge concern during fall and winter months, especially when it comes to water leaks and critter invasions. Use closed-cell polyurethane foam to fill in gaps in insulation and sheathing. Next, fill small cracks with sealant. If there’s a larger hole, it’s best to call a professional repairman.