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How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter
With winter weather just around the corner, we break down some simple tips that can save you the hardship and hassle of the cold. Here are 10 easy home improvement projects to prevent your heating bill from burning a hole in your pocket.

Don't Get Caught Out in the Cold

Here are some tips of the trade to keep your home safe and warm this winter.

Clean Out Your Gutters

Fall foliage can clog your gutters, which can result in ice buildup, and lead to roof damage from ice dams, according to Bob Villa’s Web site. 

Add Insulation

Askmen.com claims the best way to keep the heat in your home this winter is to add adequate insulation to the walls. Consult your local governing body for guidelines as to how much insulation you can add to your home. Start in the attic and don’t forget crawl spaces and basement walls for super protection.

Buy a Programmable Thermostat

According to Askthebuilder.com, this inexpensive device will save you money by running the heat at appropriate times during the day.

Check Out Your Heating Appliances

Energystar.gov recommends scheduling a fall checkup of your heating system with a licensed contractor. Don't forget to cover all central-air units to prevent rust.

Peruse Your Pathways

Before the winter weather comes, Bobvilla.com advocates patching any cracks or holes in sidewalks, driveways or walkways to prevent water damage from freezing water. Don’t forget to seal wooden decks against the cold.

Avoid Freezing Faucets

Freezing faucets can be a hassle in the winter, so drain all outdoor taps and wrap them with  insulating material, Homeguide123.com advises. Also be sure to drain all your outdoor garden hoses and store them to prevent cracking as the temperature drops.

Fix Your Flashing

Be sure to check the protective safeguard around your pipes and chimney. Bobvilla.com recommends replacing any corroded metal or cracked rubber to maximize its ability to seal water from the frame of the house.

Check Your Chimney

Before you light the first fire of the season, take time to check your chimney.  Make sure the damper closes tightly to keep cold air out when the fireplace is not in use. Thisoldworkshop.com suggests having a professional chimney cleaning once a year.

Seal the Siding

Sealing your siding varies on the type of siding: Aluminum or vinyl siding should be replaced if loose or damaged, according to thisoldworkshop.com. Also caulk wood siding to guarantee waterproofing.

Inspect all Drainage

Do a lap around your home and check downspouts for blockage and verify water flow is directed away from the foundation. For newly-built homes, check the slope of the ground surrounding the home to ensure proper drainage.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Winter

With winter weather just around the corner, we break down some simple tips that can save you the hardship and hassle of the cold. Here are 10 easy home improvement projects to prevent your heating bill from burning a hole in your pocket.

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