Summer came and went, which means only one thing: Fall is here. It’s time for apple picking, pumpkin carving and—you guessed it—winter prep. It’s never too early to start thinking about what you can do now to prepare your home for the winter storms that are just around the corner. To get a jump start, we’ve compiled some helpful tips and tricks that you can do now to prepare for winter.
1. Raking is overrated
Save time and provide your lawn with additional nourishment by mowing your leaves rather than raking them. As the dried leaves naturally decompose, they will act as a fertilizer and weed control agent for your lawn. Once spring rolls around, the melted snow will unveil a healthy and beautiful lawn.
2. Clean your gutters
Gutters full of fallen leaves can cause serious damage to both the exterior and interior of your home. Failure to remove debris from your gutters prior to the winter months will make your home more susceptible to leaks, roof damage and pest infestations.
3. Drain exterior faucets and pipes
Frozen pipes are not only frustrating, but they can also be extremely costly. That’s why it’s important to take preventative measures each fall and drain your exterior faucets and sprinkler pipes. This will prevent pipes from bursting, which will save you money—and a massive headache—in the long run.
4. Evaluate your roof
“Out of sight, out of mind” could be a dangerous mentality to have about your roof. Loose or missing shingles can leave your home vulnerable to leaks when the snow begins to melt during winter months.
5. Clean sweep
The safety of your family should always be top priority. That’s why each fall you should plan to execute a clean sweep of all your heating appliances. Be sure the vents of all your heating appliances are clean and in good working order prior to the heating season. You should also plan to have your chimney cleaned to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
6. Caulking is key
One of the simplest ways to save money and energy during the winter months is to caulk your windows and doors. Without sealing these, about half of your air is leaking out of your home. You could reduce your heating bill by as much as 14% by this simple home project.
These tips are a great start to protecting your home this winter, but don’t forget to check out our Guaranteed Pricing Programs to make sure you’re protecting your winter propane price. To further protect yourself, be sure to enroll in Automatic Delivery today. This way you won’t have to worry about being without propane when you need it most!