Although many Wichita, Salina and Hutchinson homeowners are still recovering from the blistering Kansas summer, Kansas has started to show signs of the impending winter season. Homes can typically handle the intense summer heat without much problem, but it’s important to remember that homes do not handle severe winter weather quite as easily. So to prepare your home and prevent insurance claims, here’s what you need to know.
Schedule a furnace inspection
Not only does this add years to the life of a heating system, it also dramatically reduces house fires. You should also change the filters when switching from cooling to heating systems. Removing all flammable objects from the area around the furnace should be a top priority, as well as bleeding the valves if using a hot-water radiator.
Inspect the exterior of your home, including doors and windows
Crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes should be sealed before the cold, gusty winds of winter. Weather-stripping for doors and caulking for windows will prevent cold air from entering your warm and cozy home. Homes with basements can use a plastic cover for window wells.
Inspect and clean gutters, downspouts and your roof
Extra insulation in the attic will prevent warm air from creeping up into the attic and creating ice dams. Replace any worn shingles on the roof to add extra security from water and cold temperatures. With the leaves falling during fall season, it is especially important to clean the gutters and downspouts. It could be a wise investment to install leaf guards on your gutters to direct water away from your home.
Install or inspect your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
The area close to your furnace and / or water heater should have a carbon monoxide detector. This should be tested to make sure it is working properly. Any fire extinguishers that are older than 10 years should be replaced. Old batteries from smoke detectors should be replaced and extra batteries should be kept on hand.
Prepare a home emergency kit
It is important to have the necessary equipment in case of emergency. Candles, matches or lighters can be used during power outages. Flashlights and batteries are useful as well. Bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets and first-aid materials should be kept in an easily accessible location. Also, an evacuation plan in case of emergency should be well thought out and discussed with every member of the household.
Kansas winters can get blustery, but following a few simple rules can protect your family and your home.
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