Get Your Home Winter-Ready

It's that time of year again! Here's how to get your home winter-ready...
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With winter fast approaching, we've got a bit of work to do to make sure our homes run smoothly, efficiently and safely. Luckily, we asked Elizabeth Dodson - co-founder of HomeZada - to help build our to do list and winterize our home in one day flat. Here's to a productive weekend ahead!:

  1. Change your air filters. This task is simple and can easily be completed by anyone in your household; trust us! Keep in mind that securing the correct size air filter is key; as the filter catches dust particles, any gaps in the filter can allow spare particles to release into the air. Ready to tackle the job? Here's a step-by-step tutorial.

  2. Clean out your dryer vents. Over time, dryers are prone to building lint inside its' ducts - a surprisingly flammable hazard in your home. It's always a good idea to clean this space to avoid potential house fires, and as a bonus, your dryer will work much more efficiently when air can move freely through ducts and vents. Here's how to get the job done!

  3. Clean out your gutters. With snow on its way, you'll want to clear your gutters so that the run-off water will move through the gutters seamlessly (rather than overflowing onto areas of your home or yard that might potentially create damage to your landscape). Another reason this is a must? Clogged gutters can cause water leaks under the eaves and down the exterior walls, which can - ick! - lead to mold problems. This weekend, grab a ladder and manually remove leaves, twigs (and perhaps that lost tennis ball from last summer) from all of your gutters. Or, check out these tools that get the job done for you!

  4. Flush or drain your hot water heater. Flushing your hot water heater is necessary to remove sediment from the tray, which can cause damage to the tank and piping of the heater. By flushing it annually, your hot water heater will last longer and run more efficiently during the winter months. (And if there's any season we're in need of a hot shower, it's winter!) Here's how to do it.

  5. Tackle patio storage. With the weather getting colder, the use of outdoor furniture will be limited (I know; we're in denial, too!) Covering your furniture will protect it from the harsh weather, but moving your patio furniture to a dry storage area such as a basement or garage is the best option. Cookout in the attic, anyone? (Kidding.)

p.s. Whew! That wasn't so bad, was it? Let's celebrate with a bonfire!