Wintertime in Southern California isn’t like midwest winters, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to prepare for the cold weather season. In fact, because of our mild temperatures, many people don’t properly winterize their homes, and that can lead to problems–not to mention some discomfort when the weather does turn chilly. Now is the ideal time to get ready for winter. The following tips can help.
Inspect Your Home for Cracks and Gaps
When the weather gets cold, you’ll naturally want to turn on your heat. The heat can escape through even very small gaps and cracks around your home’s foundation, doors, and windows. Cold draughts can get inside your house, causing your furnace to work harder to maintain your warm interior, and that will lead to higher energy bills. Use caulk or cement to seal cracks and holes. In fact, you may want to use steel mesh as well to deter pests from entering your warm house.
Check Your Roof
Fall is a good time for a roof inspection. You’ll want to ensure that it’s in optimum condition before winter storms roll in. Secure loose tiles or shingles. Make sure there are no pests nesting on your roof or causing damage. If you do uncover damage, contact a professional roofing company to make the repairs.
Clean Gutters for Wintertime
Before wintertime, be sure that your gutters are clean and that water is able to flow through them unobstructed. If there is any damage to your gutter system, have it repaired. It doesn’t take much water around your home’s foundation to cause a moisture problem or seepage. If your gutters are high up, you might want to hire a professional service to clean and inspect them for you.
Prepare for wintertime by having your home’s furnace inspected and tuned up. An annual furnace tuneup supports the longevity of your furnace. A licensed HVAC professional can inspect your furnace to look for any wearing parts that can cause a breakdown. A filter change, lubrication of parts, and a thorough cleaning will help you properly maintain your furnace for the winter ahead.
Install More Insulation for Wintertime
Adding more insulation to homes is a common home improvement in Southern California. Many homes have been built without adequate insulation. However, temperatures can get quite cold at night and remain cold throughout the morning. By improving insulation, you can reduce your energy costs and maintain a warmer interior environment.
Replace Batteries and Test Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Since your home will be closed up more during the winter and you’ll be relying on your furnace and fireplace more frequently, you want to consider home safety at this time of year. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Then, test them to ensure they work properly.
Many of these tasks can easily be performed over a weekend. It’s important to winterize your home so that you can weather the winter at home more safely. In fact, when your home is prepared for the cold season, you may find that you love this time of year!