3 Things to Include on Your Winter Checklist This Year
While fall isn’t officially over until Dec 21, winter weather will arrive far before that here in Canton, GA. It’s important to seize the moment and take care of some last minute home maintenance before winter settles in.
These tasks will protect your home from the elements, as well as keep your family warm and safe inside.
De-Icing Salt to Prevent Injury
Slipping and falling on an icy walkway or driveway can cause serious injury. Don’t let that happen to you.
Stock up on de-icing salt and keep it handy (near your front door or in your garage) so that you can make icy walkways or driveway less treacherous.
If you’d rather, you can use rock salt or sand, but those choices are usually a little messier.
These products can also be used when your pipes get frozen, because this can be a huge, and expensive, plumbing system issue.
Insulation and Ventilation
Having adequate insulation and ventilation is essential in keeping your home warm and dry during the winter. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturer’s Association, 90 percent of the homes in the U.S. are under-insulated. Is your home one of them?
Some telling signs include high heating bills, cold rooms, drafts, problems with mice and bugs, leaks in your attic and fluctuating interior temperatures.
Too much moisture in your house will not only encourage mold growth, which will diminish air quality, but it also makes it difficult to heat evenly. Get rid of extra moisture by having an exhaust fan in damp rooms, like the kitchen and bathrooms that vent outside.
It’s worthwhile to have fresh air occasionally too. Crack windows a tiny bit open for a few minutes a day, which will circulate the air without causing too much heat loss.
For the sake of your family’s safety and to protect your home from damage, it is essential that you’ve got working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Now is the time to test them, because you’ve got the fireplace running and the heat is on, which will increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and/or fire.
Test units and replace batteries. Remove the lids and clean out any dust. Never paint overtop of these alarms, because their sensors will be weakened. For extra safety, take time to place a fire extinguisher on each floor. Double check the expiry date.