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6 Home Improvements to Make Before Winter Comes

Whether celebrating the holidays with close friends or relaxing with your family in front of a crackling fire, there's a lot to love about life at home during the winter season. The last thing you want is for a repair, accident or mishap to spoil the fun. Autumn marks the last opportunity you'll have to upgrade your home before Old Man Winter comes knocking at your door. Here are six home improvements that you won't want to put off until spring.

1. Check Grading and Gutters

Ensuring that water from winter storms drains away from your home is a top priority. In addition to repairing or replacing any broken gutters and downspouts, check the grading around your home's foundation. Re-grading or rerouting runoff can solve most drainage problems.

2. Weatherproof Windows and Doors

Drafts from leaky windows and doors force your heater to run longer to keep your home warm and cozy. Use weather-stripping and caulk to seal up the gaps around frames and sashes.

3. Schedule Furnace Maintenance

It's hard to overemphasize the importance of a working furnace when outdoor temperatures plummet. A poorly operating furnace will not only drive up your energy bills but can pose a threat to your family's safety and well-being too. An Edmonton furnace repair specialist from Cydcom Services Ltd recommends that homeowners have their furnace inspected before winter comes, so any problems can be detected and fixed before the temperature drops.

4. Add Attic Insulation

Inadequate attic insulation allows the air that you've paid to heat to escape through the roof. If you can see the attic's floor joists poking through your existing insulation, chances are that you'll save money and enjoy a higher level of comfort by adding more.

5. Prune Trees in Your Yard

Check the trees in your yard and prune back any limbs that come in contact with your roof or that threaten electrical poles and wires. Prune top-heavy or diseased branches that might snap off during a heavy storm too.

6. Inspect the Chimney

Use a flashlight to check inside your chimney for loose bricks, cracks and bird nests. Make sure that the damper works properly so that household heat won't escape up the flue. If there's a thick layer of soot, have the chimney cleaned to protect your home against a chimney fire.Few things are more important than ensuring that your family is safe and comfortable during the cold-weather months. Making a few improvements to your home now can help your family stay snug and secure all winter long.

 

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Emma Sturgis

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