Handyman Connection on "How to Prepare your Home for Winter" – LIVING WELL Magazine

Preparing Your Home for Winter

By Jacquie Tinnemeyer, Handyman Connection, Akron LIVING WELL Magazine

Spring is a popular time for cleaning. The warmer weather often motivates a desire to get your house and landscape in good shape for summer. But preparing your home for the winter months is just as important. Beyond energy efficiency, winterizing your home with the tips below can keep you and your family safe.

Keep the Elements Out – replace screens with storm windows; check caulking and seals around windows and doors; seal foundation cracks; replace old windows with energy efficient ones.

Check the Furnace – turn your furnace on early to ensure good working order; have your furnace cleaned and tuned; clean the ducts and change the filter; install a programmable thermostat.

Insulate – check for adequate insulation in attics, crawl spaces, and areas near porches and garages; if adding insulation, stay away from a “kraft face” paper finish that can trap moisture.

The Fireplace – have a chimney sweep remove the soot and creosote; inspect the damper for proper operation; install a protective cap and screen on the chimney; check and repair mortar between the bricks.

Gutters – remove leaves from gutters and make sure downspouts and drains are working properly.

Outdoor Plumbing – drain and remove hoses; shut off outside water faucets; insulate and seal exposed plumbing.

Inspect the Roof – replace worn shingles and be sure flashing is properly installed and sealed.

Prepare for Emergencies – check and replace smoke detector batteries; install a carbon monoxide detector; have working fire extinguishers; have a battery back up for your computer; store extra batteries, candles, matches, water, non-perishable food, blankets, first aid kit, flashlights, and a battery operated radio in a dry, easy-to-access place.

Reverse Ceiling Fans – reverse the direction of ceiling fans to clockwise; this will help circulate warm air downward.

A Handyman Connection craftsman has the time, tools, and talent to do the job and will help prepare your home for winter. All of their craftsmen are bonded and insured. Handyman Connection is an ‘A’ Rated Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau. Visit handymanconnection.com or call 330-724-9300 to schedule your free in home evaluation.