According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter is going to be a doozy for Minnesota residents this year. This winter is predicted to be frigid and snowy and is expected to last well into spring. What that means is that it’s extra important to prepare your home and your electricity for what’s sure to be pretty awful. Here are a few home maintenance tips you can do to make things easier on yourself once everything thaws.
Inspect Gutters and Drainage:
Winter means an increase in rain, snow, sleet, and the like. Cleaning your gutters is certainly not a fun job but it can save you from having to replace the gutters or causing roof damage. Be sure to flush out the gutters with a hose after everything is scooped out to ensure your gutters drain properly.
Check Window Wells:
One of the major reasons for window well flooding in liner failure. If your liner becomes detached from the foundation wall, soil pressure can widen the gap between the loose liner and the wall. This gives water an opportunity to penetrate when the soil becomes over-saturated. Before winter sets in, check your window wells. This is the time of the year where the problem can be at its worst. Inspect the liner and replace any that have become loose.
Get Your Ducts in a Row:
Ducts are one of those things that tend to be “out of sight, out of mind.” Unfortunately, this can be a costly mistake. A home with central heating can lose about 20% of the air that moves through the duct system. Make sure your ducts are in order by properly sealing and insulating them. Tightly sealed and insulated ducts can potentially reduce your annual energy bills by $120 or more!