While the incredible deep-freeze has descended over us, there’s still much that seniors need to do to keep their homes in peak condition – especially in this weather:
- Rake the roof – to prevent ice buildup in gutters
- Check your fireplace – a good backup should your heat fail – if it’s electric, are batteries fresh? If it’s a wood-burner, do you have an adequate supply of wood on hand? Is the chimney clean (to prevent a chimney fire)?
- Repair visible damage to the chimney.
- Have your boiler cleaned.
- Change your furnace filter.
- Clear ice/snow build-up from furnace exhausts.
- Install weather stripping wherever you feel a draft – bottoms of doors and around windows are notorious heat-leakers.
- Remove and replace sun-damaged caulking around windows.
- Shovel snow away from the foundation of the house – to prevent water leakage in spring.
- Spray WD-40 on door locks and hinges, and on hinges of garage door.
- Check/change the heat sensor in your furnace – over time, dust and dirt builds up on the sensor, causing the furnace to run inefficiently or not at all – a 1-hour change of this part assures heat during the rest of the winter.
- Check your humidifier – humid air in the depths of winter feels like its warmer
- Insulate (with foam pipe insulation) visible pipes that are close to an exterior wall
- Add insulation to your attic hatch, to mitigate heat escape.
- Check exterior vents – unplug from lint, snow/ice build-up etc, and evidence of pests.
- Secure gates to your backyard.
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