Fall is the perfect time to prepare your home for winter. Here is our list of tips to prepare your home for winter so that you can enjoy the frosty cold from your warm and cozy home.
- Conduct Maintenance of Your Heating System – Turn it on and be sure that it blows air and warms your home, clean or replace filters, have seasonal maintenance conducted by a technician, inspect and clean vents, check for carbon monoxide leaks and replace batteries in detectors, and check exterior exhaust vents for debris or blockages.
- Winterize Your Air Conditioning – Clean the fan blades of the air conditioning unit, and cover the condenser unit to protect from debris and cold to ensure it is ready to keep you cool next summer.
- Prepare Your Fireplace – If you have a wood-burning fireplace, have it cleaned, check the chimney draft, and be sure the damper works properly.
- Winterize Pipes – Avoid frozen pipes by ensuring that exposed pipes are insulated and exterior faucets have the water supply turned off.
- Reinforce Insulation – While major insulation upgrades should be done well before Fall, you can improve insulation in some areas by using an insulated blanket around the hot water tank and sealing around exterior outlets and switchplates.
- Check the Roof and Gutters – Inspect the roof for loose or missing shingles, and be sure your gutters are clean of debris.
- Seal Doors and Windows – Check for leaks around windows and doors, using caulk or weather stripping to reduce drafts and the leaking of the warm air outside.
- Prepare Landscape and Accessories – Not only is it necessary to prepare your home for winter, but you also need to ensure your outdoor living spaces are ready for the cold. Put away or cover lawn furniture, winterize irrigation systems, drain any water features, remove gasoline from the lawnmower, and be sure equipment needed for the winter is easily accessible in your garage.
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