Winter is here, there’s no stopping it now. The snow is creeping further and further down the mountains and soon it will be on our front yards, rooftops and sidewalks. Let’s talk about some ways you can prep your home now for winter and have it running smoothly all season.
- Clean your gutters. You’ve heard it before, but we can’t stress this enough. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later.
- Flush the water heater. Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater, hindering the unit’s efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best.
- Ceiling Fans. Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they put hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. The warm air from your fireplace will rise and you can push it down by rotating your ceiling fans to turn in a clockwise direction.
- Draft guards. In a drafty room, heat escapes under the door. When winterizing your home, place draft guards by the doors to prevent heat loss. Simple solution that keeps your home warmer and saves you from wasting energy.
- Replace filters. Regularly changing your filters in your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, not to mention keeping clean air circulating through your home.
- Insulation. For maximum heat retention, pack insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units. Make sure your attic floor is insulated, too. Just remember to be careful and wear gloves!
- Caulking. Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation.
- Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and make sure all the water spouts are shut tightly.
- Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case of weather emergencies.
- Buy a snow shovel or snow blower and ice melt for sidewalks, front porches and driveways.
Prepare yourself now and you’ll have a safe and enjoyable winter season here in Alaska. Whether you’re a sourdough and an expert winter homeowner or this is your first time spending the winter in Alaska, we can all surely benefit from a little home preparation for the cold, snow, freeze and harsh conditions coming in the next 4 months.
If you would like more information on buying or selling a home, please call or email us at ARE. Don’t let the chance pass you by if you’re ready to purchase a home or sell your home. We are ready to help you!
751 E. 36th Ave Suite 104, Anchorage
(close to Moose’s Tooth)