It may not be the most pleasant thing to think about, but there is a growing chill in the air that reminds us that our short-lived fall season is heading quickly toward winter. We might just have the odd warm day here and there (this is New Hampshire, after all!), but there is no denying that the season of cold is on its way.
As you wrap up exterior painting and outdoor projects through the coming month or so, are you getting your home itself ready too?
With today’s focus on efficiency and lower energy usage, we thought we would share 4 simple tips for making your home ready for the worst that Old Man Winter might throw your way.
Increase Your Home’s Safety and Efficiency
Clean your gutters – Gutters, since they’re out of sight, often can be out of mind. Making sure they are clear and ready for service, however, is a great time investment! What seem like harmless piles of leaves and pine needles now will soon become frozen walls, trapping ice and snow while preventing drainage.
Check for drafts – Here’s a simple idea to help you conserve your heat this winter: using a lit candle or incense stick, carefully watch the flame for drafts around door and window frames. There are a lot of great options for sealing leaky spots under doors, such as door sweeps. For windows, you might consider investing in caulk.
Make sure your heating system is functional – You might not give your heating system a thought until you need it. In the event that there is an issue that arose over the warmer months, it’s wise to try it out beforehand and make sure that all is well. This can include testing the furnace or making sure that the chimney is clean and in safe condition.
Check your alarms – There is never a bad time of year to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, but there is never a better time than before your windows and doors will be shut and sealed.
Could You Use the Help of a Professional Painter?
If you have an interior painting project on your to-do list this winter, why not call a professional painting company? We hope you might contact us at DeVuono Painting! We would love to put our painting services to work for you and help in any way we can.