These are the 5 home services you can't overlook to be safe and warm during cold days!
These are the 5 home services you can't overlook to be safe and warm during cold days! Source: Modernize

Fall is less than a couple of weeks away and it’s about time we start talking about making your home safe and cozy for the cold weather!

Sure, fall may not be as aggressively cold as winter, but you will feel a lot of difference if you neglect to make your home ready. Poorly sealed windows, unclean air ducts, a malfunctioning HVAC…all of these will not only be uncomfortable but also cost you money one way or another - either because of an expensive repair (that could have been cheaper if done sooner) or because of wasted energy.

Therefore, these are the home improvement projects that will make a difference for you!

HVAC Maintenance and Upgrade

Your HVAC must be ready to sustain the cold weather!
Your HVAC must be ready to sustain the cold weather! Source: The Spruce

Perhaps the most crucial element to guarantee a cozy home as colder days starting showing up is making sure your HVAC system is properly maintained and up-to-date.

There are some basics elements you can check for yourself:

  • Make sure your filters are new and well installed; dirty filters can severely damage air quality
  • Check to see if ducts are clean
  • Perform a quick test of all your HVAC functions (heat, cold, etc.), to see if all its capabilities are in perfect working order

And don’t forget your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors - they also need to be working as a safety measure!

Insulation

Getting the insulation right can save you A LOT on energy bills.
Getting the insulation right can save you A LOT on energy bills. Source: The Balance

The great thing about insulating your home is how much you can save in energy bills by making it more energy efficient. Good insulation can reduce the cost of energy bills up to 40%!

Here are some useful tools for you:

Window Sealing

Sealing the windows is one of the ways to make sure your home is energy efficient.
Sealing the windows is one of the ways to make sure your home is energy efficient. Source: House Logic

For the same reason insulation works wonders during cold weather, you want to have your windows properly sealed. It keeps rooms warm for longer and prevents cold breezes from disrupting the coziness of your home.

To make sure your windows will endure the cold weather, follow this checklist:

  • Check for broken or damaged windows and repair them right away - leaving this for later may be more expensive, as the cold weather could damage the windows further.
  • Even if the window looks fine, it may still need sealing. Check for drafts during windy days to pinpoint the problem spots.
  • To be safe, have a pro inspect all your windows - a simple inspection might reveal problems you could otherwise miss.

Roof and Siding

Basic roof and siding repairs must be done before the cold weather comes!
Basic roof and siding repairs must be done before the cold weather comes!

Any roofing and siding repairs are better dealt with before winter, and since fall is right around the corner with its cold days and falling leaves, you’ll sleep a lot better knowing the roof over your head can endure the harsh weather.

What you have to do right away is:

  • Check for cracks or leaks both on the roof and siding - these are the first things you need to look out for. The sooner the better.
  • Different roof and siding types may require different solutions. When in doubt, talk to a pro!
  • Check your gutters for leaks, animal nesting, and clogging.

Chimney

Just before Fall is the perfect time for a decent chimney repair or upgrade.
Just before Fall is the perfect time for a decent chimney repair or upgrade. Source: Bob Vila

A good chimney sweep right before you start using it again is an obligatory safety precaution. It will prevent any permanent damage to your home and keep the chimney in perfect condition to warm your family!

There are many reasons why a chimney is perfect for the cold weather, but you have to care for it just as much as you would for your HVAC - perhaps even more.


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