As the chill in the air creeps closer and closer, it is time to think about preparing your home for the winter. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking. Here is a handy checklist to help get you started.
Pay attention to your HVAC
Revitalize your HVAC system before the cold weather hits by replacing the air filter. You will also want to service the other areas of the system just to be sure. Contact a professional, such as the team at Moncrief Heating & Air Conditioning, to take care of duct cleaning, examine the belt, and inspect the vents. Remember, while it may cost a bit to have an expert come in, it will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Did you know that the average lifespan of an HVAC system is 12-15 years? Rest assured that you will be able to add on an extra five years of optimal functioning with regular maintenance.
Protect your wood trim
The exterior of your home needs plenty of TLC before the temperatures start to drop, and this is particularly true of your home’s wood trim around your windows and doors. Protect it from rot by painting it and making sure it is properly caulked.
Protect your concrete
Cracked concrete is sure to allow water to seep in and freeze. Protect the hard surfaces outside of your home, such as your driveway and patio, by filling in cracks as you notice them and finishing with a generous coat of sealer.
Clean the gutters
Gutters tend to fill up with leaves and other debris rather quickly during fall. This is not a good thing considering how wet the winter months can be. Make an effort to remove any blockages from the gutters to allow for seamless water flow off of your roof. This, in turn, should drastically reduce your risk of leaks. Think carefully before installing gutter guards – experts agree that they aren’t always the best course of action.
Double check drainage
Water that is allowed to accumulate near your home’s foundation can cause a number of problems further down the line. Luckily, this can be easily avoided by making sure your home’s drainage is optimized. Fill in low spots near the foundation with soil and inspect all rain gutter downspouts for damage. Replace as necessary.
Prep your chimney
Most homeowners will forget about their chimney during the warmer months, which is why it will need a substantial amount of attention ahead of winter. It’s worthwhile to call on a chimney specialist to clean it, inspect it and ensure that it’s safe to use.
Check your smoke detectors
Fires are most common in homes in winter – no guesses as to why. Prevent a disaster by making sure that your smoke detectors are in good working order.
Drain outdoor faucets
It’s practically impossible to prevent outdoor faucets from freezing once temperatures plummet. Take action to prevent damage and leaks by draining the water out of the line.
The secret to proper preparation is to start as early as possible. With the right planning, you’ll be ready to welcome winter with open arms – no need to expect any costly surprises along the way!