Being a homeowner can be a really good investment, but it can also require a little bit of maintenance and preparation, especially when the seasons start to change. As the temperatures get a little bit colder outside, there are a few things that you can do to get your home ready. From insulating your attic to turning off your sprinklers, this article will take a closer look. Ready to learn some more? If so, then read on.
Insulate Your Attic
When was the last time you got in your attic to inspect your insulation? Your insulation not only keeps your house warm on the inside, but it keeps your house warm on the outside as well. For instance if you have enough insulation in your attic, it will help keep your roof warm which will prevent things like ice dams from forming. Depending on the type of insulation you have, you typically want to have about a foot of insulation stacked inside of your attic. An easy way to insulate your entire attic is with spray foam insulation. Spray foam insulation installation is quick and easy. You just spray the foam inside of your attic and then it starts to work.
Have Your Furnace Inspected
Because you haven't been using your furnace for several months, it's time to have it inspected. During an inspection, they will check to make sure the pilot light works and that it's in good shape. Additionally, they will check your air filters to make sure they don't need to be switched out. If they do, the inspectors can either do it for you or you can do it yourself. Another thing they will do is make sure the furnace is syncing up with your thermostat because you want to be able to program your heart correctly with just one button.
Turn off Your Sprinklers
Another thing that you should do to get your house ready for the winter is turn off your outdoor water supplies and your sprinklers. When temperatures start to drop, the water inside of your sprinklers can freeze, which can make them burst. And when your sprinklers burst, you will have to have them repaired, which is a big headache. All you have to do is turn off your water supply and try to flush the water out of the pipes so that they are completely empty.
Now that you have a few things that we should do before fall and winter, it's time to get to work.