Be Prepared – MCAP
As the weather slowly shifts to cooler temperatures, now is a great time to make sure your home and garden are properly winterized before the frost. A little extra care can help ensure your family is set to ride out winter all toasty and warm and your yard is ready to bloom next spring.
Clean up, cover up and winterize are the keys to weatherproofing inside and outside. Here is a little list to help you get a head start:
CLEANING UP LEAVES
Spread some leaves on your garden so worms can work fertilizer magic. You can also mound them under shrubs and trees for additional winter root insulation.
PROTECT YOUR TREES AND SHRUBS
Newly planted shrubs and trees might need a little extra protection against winter elements. Wrapping in burlap could help protect them.
KEEP YOUR EAVESTROUGHS CLEAN
Help prevent water and ice build-up by giving the gutters and eavestroughs a thorough cleaning by removing all of the leaves.
KEEP THE CHILL OUT
Track drafts by inspecting around doors and windows. Sometimes replacing old and rotting weather-stripping around the frames can help to prevent heat loss and water leaks.
INSPECT YOUR FURNACE
If your furnace pre-dates 1992, it’s likely wasting over 35% of your home’s energy. Today’s high-efficiency models can save money on heating bills while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
WEATHERPROOF THE EXTERIOR
Is your roof in need of repair? If so, consider replacing it with energy-efficient roofing materials with a quality insulation layer. Regardless of what improvements you need to make, investing in your home will not only add value and comfort to your living space but can help save money over time with reduced energy bills.