There are many different parts of your property that could use some extra attention on occasion. With winter weather quickly approaching, some of these components could really benefit and serve there purpose until the spring and summer months.
Examine your heating system
A heating system meltdown can be both expensive and make your home uninhabitable for days on end. Rather than allowing this to happen, an annual checkup could spot any issues before they turn into bigger problems.
Although you have the option to inspect your heating system yourself, it could be beneficial to hire a professional. These individuals may have a better-trained eye and be able to spot certain problems you overlooked.
Even simple measures, such as changing the filters on your furnace can be a big improvement. Over time, filters often get clogged with dirt, dust and other debris, causing it to work harder than it has to. Not only can this overwork your system, it could also add a considerable amount of money to your utility costs.
Keep the hot air in and the cold air out
Properly insulating your home can also help take the stress off of your heating system. Hot air can easily escape through cracks around your doors and windows as well as the attic if it is not properly insulated.
To better secure your doors and windows, purchase weatherstripping to plug up any leaks. This will help create a better seal between the door or window and its frame. Meanwhile, if there are cracks due to wear and tear, some caulk could be used to fill these voids.
Improving the insulation of your attic is slightly more complicated, but important because hot air rises. Upgrading your attic insulation may be a notable investment, but it can help shave hundreds of dollars off of your utility bills every year, making the long-term perks very beneficial.
Fight moisture before it becomes a bigger issue
Winter weather often yield additional snowfall, which can end up being a major issue for your property if you don’t take the proper precautions.
Considerable snowfall on the roof can cause leaks and other issues around the foundation. To prevent melted snow from making it’s way into the bottom of your house, assess the condition of your foundation soil. If the dirt doesn’t slope away from your home, you may run into some issues in the coming months.
Once the snow of your roof starts to melt, if you don’t have the proper drainage system in place, this could also create issues. During the fall season, you gutter can become clogged with leaves, branches and other debris that will inhibit their ability to work correctly. Before the first major snowfall, it would be a good idea to inspect your gutter for such issues. However, if you’re afraid of heights you can likely hire someone to do this for you.
Before winter weather sets in, it’s a smart idea to take a look at your home insurance policy. By making sure your coverage is up-to-date, you can obtain some peace of mind this holiday season.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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