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iStock 139709979 CroppedWeatherproofing your home, checking your heating equipment and practicing good fall and winter maintenance will help protect your home from damage, create more energy efficiency and protect any loved ones from getting hurt. Ready to make this happen at your home? Elizabeth Dodson, home expert and Co-Founder at HomeZada, spoke with WomensForum about necessary fall/winter home prep. 

"Weatherproofing your home can be a relatively easy DIY project," says Dodson. She suggests adding weather stripping and caulking areas around your windows to keep the drafts out. It’s an easy project that can easily be done over the weekend. Here are some easy steps:

  1. First start by reviewing your window and door areas for any holes or drafts.
  2. If you find drafts, use adhesive weather stripping or caulk to fill those areas. 
  3. This weatherproofing project will keep the draft out and create heating efficiencies.  

Dodson says you should also have your heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment checked prior to the cold weather. This will prevent a lack of heat when you need it.

"Have your fireplace professionally cleaned prior to using it. It can prevent any potential danger of a fire in your chimney," she adds. 


Essential Fall Maintenance Practices 

"Practicing good fall maintenance will keep your home working properly and prevent any damage from winter rains and snow," says Dodson. If you have a roof that currently has leaks, then having that roof fixed or replaced will protect your home’s interior from water damage, essential for when the snow starts to melt. 

If your windows are old and are in need of replacing, fall can be a great time to get them replaced. New windows can create efficiency in your home, as they should be free of any drafts and contain more weatherproofing. 

"You should also change your air filters and check your smoke alarms," says Dodson. "These are quick maintenance tips to keep your family healthy in case of fire from heating equipment or dirty air flowing through your home."

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