Homeowners’ Winter Preparation Checklist: Winter Is On It’s Way!

MN Homeowners' Winter Home Maintenance ChecklistIt’s official: snowflakes have been spotted in Minnesota — yes, even here in the Twin Cities!  Like it or not, winter is coming our way.  To make sure you stay warm and cozy this winter, and to protect your home from potential damage that may come with the snow and ice, we’ve created a helpful winter checklist for you to review!

Homeowners’ Winter Preparation Checklist:

  • Wait to prune your trees or shrubs!  Waiting until late winter to do this will promote growth in the spring.  When is best exactly?  Check out the helpful pruning timelines for MN provided by Ramsey County here.
  • Prevent Ice Dams.  Ice dams are often caused by poor insulation and air leaks in the attic.  If you allow an ice dam to build up, water could intrude into your home when the ice melts, causing more damages than anyone wants to deal with.  Read here for some great tips on preventing them.
  • Clean you gutters!  Just like an ice dam, gutter blockage could cause water to find it’s way into your home.  Get out that ladder and do it right!
  • Drain and winterize your outdoor faucets and irrigation system. 
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected.
  • Have your furnace tuned up!
  • Reverse your ceiling fan to create a downdraft of the warm air that tends to hang out at ceiling level.  Adjust your fan so that the blades run clockwise in the winter and counter-clockwise in the summer.
  • Seal gaps and cracks around your doors and windows and evaluate whether new windows would be helpful.  Sometimes sealing cracks may not be enough, especially if you have older windows!  Today’s window materials consist of low-e glass panels that act as a shield – keeping heat in during the winter and heat out during the summer.  To learn more about low-e glass and other types of energy-efficient windows, read more here.
  • Adjust your thermostat settings.  Set the temperature on your thermostat to range within the 65-68º range when you’re home and about 10 degrees lower than that when your away or asleep.

Following these steps over the course of the next few weeks will give you peace of mind, knowing your home is as cozy as you are.  Be ready for the winter ahead!

Do you have remodeling or home projects you need help with before winter sets in?  Contact us here at Sass Construction to discuss your remodeling or building project today!  Serving Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, and suburbs throughout Minneapolis and the Twin Cities, MN.

 

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