With the mild summer we have had here in the Kansas City area, it is hard to believe that winter is already on its way! We were fortunate to miss out on the usual scorching temperatures of Kansas City’s summers, but we can be sure that winter will bring its own extreme temperatures.
Although the hail threats to our homes are slowly phasing out for the year, winter brings new hazards to our homes.
Whether you call Kansas City Home, or live in the surrounding areas of Smithville, Blue Springs, Raytown, Gladstone, Parkville, Riverside, Overland Park, or the surrounding areas, you can be sure of this: winter is coming, and with it some new weather threats to your home.
Just like there are steps we can take to protect our homes from summer’s hail and heat, there are also precautions we can take to prevent damage to our homes in the winter.
Take an hour or two to prepare your home for winter months.
1. How to Prepare Your Furnace for Its “On Season”
Although you may simply want to hire someone to come in and do a complete check of your furnace system, there are a couple of ways you can prepare your furnace without the extra expense of hiring a professional.
Begin with replacing your furnace filter. You may also need to replace the humidifier pad on your furnace.
You can also make your furnace’s job a bit easier by making sure the air ducts in your home are clean, and allow the furnace to deliver warm air throughout your home to keep you toasty all through the colder months!
2. Make Sure Your Chimney is Clean and Ready for Winter
Sitting next to a toasty, crackling fire with a mug of hot cocoa is an unmatched sentiment of wintertime; make sure your chimney is operating at its best to keep your family both warm and safe.
Creosote is a dark brown oil distilled from coal tar, and it builds up in your chimney over time; and it poses a potential threat of chimney fires, as it is highly combustible.
As we head into colder months, you will want to check your chimney for creosote buildup, and make certain it is cleaned out properly before you begin burning fires in your fireplace. Look for a gummy, foul-smelling buildup along the walls of your chimney. If you find creosote buildup, head over to your local home improvement store, and invest in a creosote destroyer products, usually a powder or burn stick, to take care of the problem.
3. Check all Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
On that note, now is a great time to make sure all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, and have fresh batteries.
4. Clean Out Your Gutters
Now is the time to clean out your gutters from the Kansas City spring and summer showers. Make sure they are clear of debris, sticks, and leaves, before the weather turns and begins dumping snow into them!
5. Cover Windows with Plastic, or Install Storm Windows
Plastic over the windows may not be the most attractive sentiment of winter, but it will help keep your family warm, and your heating bill manageable.
Winterizing your home does not need to be an overwhelming project. The couple of hours you invest in preparing your home will pay dividends as you and your family reap the benefits of a warm, safe haven from the snow and cold this Winter!