Winter Home Improvement Do’s and Don’ts


Need to do a few home improvement projects during the winter? Keep in mind that winter presents unique challenges to a homeowner. It’s important to keep the house warm, cozy and as energy-efficient as possible in order to minimize unwanted utility bills. There are lots of home improvement projects that can be done both to the inside and the outside of your home to keep your family safe and secure during these wintery months. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do.

Do: Inspect the Roof Before Winter Arrives

This doesn’t necessarily mean a game of chutes and ladders to get on top of your home. Use a pair of binoculars to visually href=”https://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/roofing-gutters-siding/inspecting-and-maintaining-your-roof/”>inspect your roof for curling, loose or missing shingles, moss or mold. If you do find problems, it’s best to engage a professional for repairs or replacement when the weather is still fairly temperate.

Do: Clean the Gutters

Removing leaves and accumulated debris from gutters helps avoid accumulation of ice and snow, which can cause serious problems when snow and water back up under your shingles and can ultimately damage a home’s structure.

Do: Use Caulking and Weather Stripping

Caulk the air cracks around stationary home components like door frames and baseboards. If possible, install Energy Star-rated windows to maximize energy efficiency.

Don’t: Neglect Your Furnace

Don’t wait until winter to discover your furnace is working poorly. Keep in mind that if your home carries a Home Warranty Service Agreement<, sometimes known as a home warranty, maintenance of major systems like the furnace may be partially covered under your agreement. Regardless, a trusted HVAC company should be engaged to inspect the fan and motor, blower, gas pipes and CO2 emissions as well as to clean the unit and change the air filter. If you need to replace your furnace, it’s better to find out before cold weather hits.

Do: Inspect and Clean Air Ducts

Filthy air ducts negatively impact furnace efficiency. Accumulated debris, dust and animal hair can all harm the quality of the air in your home. Have a specialist clean your ducts and check for air leaks, as well as sealing cracks.

Don’t: Burn Your Home Down

Space heaters are commonly used in very cold regions like the Northeast to alleviate heating problems. They’re okay for a cold, out of the way area, but don’t ever leave a space heater unattended and don’t use it near upholstered furniture or drapes that can be a risk for fire. Placing a space heater on a level floor can help avoid tipping or falling.

Do: Install a Programmable Thermostat

It might seem like a very minor home improvement but a programmable thermostat can do wonders for your home’s efficiency. This smart device enables you to choose when and how much the heat kicks on and will rapidly provide a reduction in your winter energy savings.

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