Now is the Time to Prepare your Branson Home for Winter
At SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson we know the importance of preparing your home for winter weather. It is essential to ensure comfort, safety, and energy efficiency during the colder months. Here are some tips to help you get your home ready for winter:
Inspect and Maintain Heating System:
- Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure your heating system is in good working condition.
- Change or clean furnace filters regularly throughout the winter.
Seal Drafts and Insulate:
- Check for drafts around windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Seal any gaps with caulk or weatherstripping.
- Consider adding additional insulation to your attic, walls, and basement to improve energy efficiency.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts:
- Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams and water damage.
- Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and potential burst pipes. Use heat tape or pipe insulation.
- Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses, and shut off exterior water faucets.
Chimney and Fireplace Maintenance:
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional before using your fireplace.
- Install a chimney cap to keep out animals and debris.
Prepare for Power Outages:
- Ensure you have flashlights, batteries, and candles on hand.
- Consider investing in a portable generator for emergency power.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:
- Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to ensure they are working correctly.
- Consider using thermal curtains or plastic film insulation kits on windows to reduce heat loss.
Plan for Emergency Supplies:
- Create an emergency kit that includes food, water, blankets, and essential supplies in case of a power outage or severe weather.
- Keep track of weather forecasts and stay informed about any winter storm warnings or advisories.
By following these winter preparation tips, you can help ensure a safer and more comfortable living environment during the colder months while also potentially saving on energy costs. If you find yourself in need of a restoration professional give SERVPRO of Nixa/Branson a call at 417-724-0084.