10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Winter weather presents myriad hazards for homeowners. Here are ten suggestions from the Department of Energy to prepare for the season.
Be sure to contact Genesis Insurance, serving Arizona and Texas, to make sure your homeowner’s insurance is up to date.

1. Inspect Roof
Before the first major storm of the season, it is a good idea to hire a professional roofer to inspect and repair your roof.

2. Ensure the Furnace is Functioning
Schedule your heating system for regular service and replace your air filter once a month or as needed.

3. Clean Out Gutters
Prevent damage from ice blockage by cleaning leaves and debris from gutters before the cold temperatures arrive.

4. Disconnect Outside Hoses
Another easy way to prevent unwanted ice backup is to disconnect and drain outside hoses.

5. Stock Up on Salt
Stock up now on rock salt to be ready to prevent injuries on your front steps and sidewalks.

6. Add Insulation
Conserve energy and save money by insulating exterior doors and windows.

7. Protect Water System
Insulate pipes in colder parts of your house to prevent freezing.

8. Invest in a Generator
Before the electricity goes out is the best time to pick up a generator to keep important appliances running in the event of power loss.

9. Get the Chimney Cleaned
If your home has a fireplace and chimney, get it cleaned out to save energy and for fire prevention.

10. Check Fire Extinguishers and Smoke Alarms
Before lighting the fireplace and turning up the heat for the furnace, verify that your fire extinguisher and smoke alarms are in good working order.

Now that you’re winter ready, be sure to contact Genesis Insurance, serving Arizona and Texas, to update your homeowner’s insurance for winter.