As fall has finally arrived, countless folks have begun to pull sweaters out of storage and open up their windows to let cool breezes in. However, before you know it, fall will be waving goodbye, and winter will have set in. And it’s going to take more than a few sweaters and blankets to fight off the unpredictability of an Illinois winter. You ought to make sure you and your home are prepared for whatever may come. And ensuring your house can weather the season is the first step towards getting through the coldest months of the year. So, with a little guidance from Doerr Siding & Window, you can be ready for whatever winter throws at you.
Get a Furnace Inspection
Before you do anything else, you want to make sure your furnace is in working order. Otherwise, you’ll be out of luck when a severe dip in temperature hits. Especially since your furnace has been sitting dormant since last season, an inspection and some preventative maintenance should ensure everything is working as it should be.
Check Your Windows
Of course, your furnace system will be of little use to you if you can’t keep heat in your home. For older homes, you may find windows to be outdated and without proper insulation. Or, the seals around the frame of your window may have worn thin, letting in water and air. Either way, this will be a problem when colder days come around. If you can’t keep your home sealed, your furnace will have to work extra hard to keep your house warm. Thus, this puts extra stress on your heating system and can drive up your energy bill. Instead, have a contractor such as Doerr inspect your windows before it gets too cold.
Clean Your Gutters
While you may only consider gutters useful when it rains, they are just as essential to maintain for winter. After all, snow is still water! When snow melts, it’s going to need somewhere to go; and hopefully, your gutters can direct the flow of water. Otherwise, you may be stuck with countless icicles hanging off your roof, as water begins to overflow and refreeze. Worse yet, ice damns can allow water to escape into your home, causing potential water damage. So, to avoid such scenarios, make sure your gutters are clear of debris.
Trim Your Trees
At any time of year, a severe enough storm can knock down trees or tree branches and send debris flying into your home. However, storm damage can be especially disastrous throughout winter. Leaving yourself and your family exposed to the elements midst winter leaves the potential for serious illness. Conversely, if you have your trees trimmed up ahead of time, you won’t have to worry about one crashing into your home.
Prepare for an Emergency
If there’s one thing Illinois winters are known for, it’s the extreme amounts of snow they drop on us. And from blizzards to below zero temperatures, you need to make sure you and your family can weather the storm. For you, this means stockpiling a few supplies in case of an emergency. If you become stuck in your home for a few days, extra food, toiletries, blankets, space heaters and other necessary supplies ensure you and your family stay happy and healthy. Plus, if you prepare ahead of time, you won’t have to fight with “blizzard preppers” the day before a storm hits.
Clean Your Fireplace
If your home has a fireplace, now’s the time to make sure it’s ready to be used! During some of the coldest days in winter, your furnace sometimes isn’t enough. Thus, a fireplace is an excellent feature of your home to have ready to go. And, if something were to happen to your heating during winter, a fireplace can act as a temporary heating source for you and your family.
Check Your Siding
Just as you’d want your windows to be insulated, you also want your walls to keep heat in. And while there should be plenty of insulation in your walls, your siding might be your last defense to keeping a comfortable temperature in your home. However, if your siding is old or busted, it’s going to do you no good when winter comes. Not only will it let cold in, but water can damage the walls of your home, further eroding the only defense between you and the outside.
Check Your Roof
Sturdy roofing is not nearly as important when your only concern is rain. However, when the snow starts falling, you want your roof to last. Depending on the weather and how much snow we can get, there might be a lot of added weight to your roof. Ensuring your roof is supported and sealed is of the utmost importance in such scenarios. Otherwise, you face unavoidable water damage or, worst-case scenario, your roof can collapse in on itself.
Call a Professional
If you have concerns about whether your home is prepared for winter or not, give the experts at Doerr Siding & Window a call. We can quickly inspect the exterior of your home and provide you with the best answers for winter preparation. From fixing your roof to sealing your windows, we are the go-to contractors of the Greater Peoria area. Call us today at 309-694-9561 to get a free estimate. Also, we are located at 603 Pinecrest Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611.