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Early Winter prep can save you thousands – here’s how to start now

You could save yourself $1,400 per emergency repair by prepping your Philly property for winter now. This winter in Philly is set to be a cold one, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It’s predicted that temperatures will be below average and that the city will have a higher-than-average snowfall. Both of these things can play havoc with a home and cost thousands to repair which is why you need to prepare your home now.

Book a heating inspection

As all Philly residents will know it can get cold in the city. There’s an average of 13 days every winter where the temperature doesn’t get above 32 °F. With it predicted to be colder than normal this winter, the number of freezing days could go above this. Keeping your house warm is essential for your health. It will also stop condensation and damp from taking over your home. Prepare for winter by having your home heating system inspected now. Regardless of whether you rely on a furnace or a boiler, you need to make sure that it’s in full working order and safe. If any new parts are needed, have it done right away, so you know you’ll be able to keep your home warm.

Get your windows ready

Each winter you should thoroughly inspect your windows for signs of damage. If you notice any holes or cracks, make sure you repair them and reseal your windows with caulk. This will prevent damp, condensation, and a draft from coming into your home. Window frames that are decaying can’t usually be repaired. Instead, new windows should be installed. The cost of new windows will depend on the type of frame, window style, and glass quality you choose. Having storm protection added is worthwhile, too. Storm Ida devastated Philly in 2021, causing severe damage to properties. If another storm like this were to hit this winter, storm protection on your windows will better protect you.

Insulate as much as you can

The average cost of heating a home has gone up by 28% compared to this time last year, according to Reuters. Philly HVAC contractor Cardullo Mechanical has warned that homes without proper insulation are at risk of high energy bills this winter. Insulating your property as much as possible will also keep you and your family toasty. One of the simplest things you can do is hang thick, thermal curtains at your windows. You could also do the same at your doors. Around 40% of the heat in your home is lost via the attic, so you need to focus on insulating as much of it as you can. There are various things you can use to insulate your attic, including blown-in fiberglass, cotton, foam boards, spray foam, and mineral wool.

Winter in Philly can be cold, wet, and frosty. By preparing your home for what’s to come, you’ll save yourself a small fortune in emergency repairs and be able to spend winter safe in the knowledge that your home is protected from the elements.

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