Get those home projects started before winter

If you haven’t started those projects around the house that will keep you and your family warm during frigid winter temperatures, it’s not too late to start.

Inspect these areas around your home:

  • Examine your chimney for missing mortar, cracks and structural problems. Make sure that the fireplace damper is working correctly and has a tight seal. Your chimney cap should be snug as well.
  • Remove clogs in your gutters and check for any water damage. Consult a professional for guidance on how to prevent ice dams in your gutters.
  • Check your doors and windows for missing weather stripping. Make sure that door sweeps are not damaged and are aligned properly to block cold air.
  • Cover window-mounted air conditioning units if you are not going to remove them entirely. Fill in the gaps on the sides of the unit with insulation board and caulk. If you have central air conditioning, cover the unit loosely.
  • Turn off the faucets outside of your home and cover them with a commercial cover or use two old socks wrapped tightly around the faucets and seal with duct tape.
  • Inspect the foundation for cracks and gaps to prevent animals from entering your home.
  • Look at your home’s siding for missing pieces.
  • Make sure your exterior light fixtures are working properly and are sealed tightly to the mounting.

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