How to Prepare Your House for Winter

So, what kind of winter are you expecting vs. hoping for this year?

As silly as that question might sound to some, there are plenty of people who love the colder temperatures and occasional snow we get around here. Memphis, for example, gets an average of 5.3 inches of snow per year. And while that doesn’t sound like much, it can wreak havoc with local traffic and school openings, etc., as we just don’t have the ability to remove it as quickly as communities up north do.

Anyway, snow or no snow, winter’s on its way and so is the kind of temperatures that send most people flying through the front door the moment they arrive home from work, school, or play.

And yet, are you as prepared for winter as you should be? Here’s a quick check list to help you get your home in order, prevent damage, keep your family safe and sound, and help reduce your home heating cost. And all courtesy of your friends at

blogService Pros, Inc.

  • Have your fireplace chimney and flue cleaned before you begin using it in earnest again. Creosote is a black substance that can build up inside your chimney and is caused by incomplete wood combustion. It can cause all sorts of problems, including skin and eye irritation, respiratory problems, and even cancer. It’s simply not worth taking the risk to leave your chimney uncleaned.
  • While your gutters don’t pose any personal injury personal problems (unless, for example, one should collapse with you standing underneath it), it is a potential source of damage to your house. To help prevent that, clean out your gutters to prevent ice dams from forming or rain from overflowing and potentially working its way into your home through a crack or leak in your roof.
  • Want to know for sure if cold air can enter your home through windows and doors that aren’t properly sealed. Simply light a candle and move it around the perimeter of each one. Any time you see the flame dipping sideways toward the window or door vs. remaining perfectly vertical, you have an occasion to reinforce caulking or weather stripping.
  • If you have forced air heating, and it’s been some time – if ever – since they were last inspected by a professional, now’s a great time to make it happen. That way, cracks or leaks can be repaired and insulation beefed up, as needed, to help you save money on your home heating costs.

And then there’s your home heating system, the one you depend on for winter-long indoor comfort for your entire family. To ensure that it can provide you with just that, contact the home heating professionals today at Service Pros to request our multi-point tune-up and inspection service. It’s the best way we know of to keep your heating system in top and energy-efficient condition.

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