Winters in Seattle can get a bit chilly with the average high of 47 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low of 36 degrees. Just as you have to take steps to prepare yourself for the winter, you also need to prepare your home. Below, we offer some tips for getting your Seattle home ready for the winter weather.
Tips for Preparing Your Seattle Home for Winter.
Preparing your home for the winter is an important part of making sure that you and your family stay comfortable throughout the coldest months of the year. Use these 5 tips to help you prepare your home for winter in Seattle:
Clean your gutters.
Once all of the leaves are down, it is time to make sure that your gutters are clean. Clogged gutters can cause a variety of problems in your home including overflowing and flooding. Make sure that your gutters are clean before the coldest temperatures hit when you will be less likely to clean your gutters.
Seal up your home.
Seal any cracks around windows and doors to ensure that you are not letting heat escape. Leaks in your insulation make it more difficult for you and your family to get comfortable as heat can escape through these cracks, wasting energy and making your heating system work harder than it needs to in order to keep your home warm.
Hire a chimney sweep.
When is the last time you had your chimney cleaned? If you use your chimney three times a week, you should have it cleaned once a year. If it is only once or twice a week then every other year should be fine. For best results, have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually to identify any internal water damage that may have occurred.
Check to ensure there is no roof damage.
Check your roof for any damaged, loose, or missing shingles. These can allow water to leak in your home, causing an uncomfortable mess. If you notice any areas of your roof that might need repair, call a roofing professional to repair any issues before winter arrives. You don’t want to be left with cold water leaking in your home during the holiday season.
Get your furnace or heater inspected.
It’s recommended that you get your HVAC system inspected and cleaned annually. The best time for a heating system tune-up is in the fall before winter. This is because winter is typically a time when your HVAC system works its hardest to keep your home warm and comfortable. It’s important to make sure that everything is clean and running smoothly before you use your heater for the season.
But if you haven’t gotten your annual tune-up yet, it’s not too late. Call Cardinal Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment for your seasonal tune-up. One of our experienced technicians will clean your heating system and perform an inspection to ensure that your heater or furnace does not need any repairs. This helps keep your heater working smoothly and efficiently during one of the coldest times of the year.