The weather has already turned pretty cold, but if we’re lucky it’ll warm up a bit again and you’ll be able to turn your attention to preparing your home for the coming cold season. To make sure your home is winter-ready and avoid any maintenance hassles, here are some ways you can prepare it for winter.
1. Perform an Annual Furnace Maintenance
As we wrote about previously on the blog, it’s important to schedule a maintenance appointment of your furnace with a professional service technician. An annual check-up is especially important for oil furnaces, while gas furnaces may only need a maintenance check every other year.
Having a technician check your furnace and provide any necessary maintenance ensures it won’t unexpectedly go out on the coldest days of the year. It’s less expensive to schedule regular maintenance than to have a technician come to your home on an emergency call, and keeping your furnace maintained properly also reduces overall heating costs.
2. Check for Adequate Pipe and Drain Function
One of the worst issues to deal with in the winter is a burst pipe. When water freezes and breaks pipes, the resulting mess can be a huge hassle to fix, and possibly during the worst weather of the year.
Make sure all outdoor pipes are either well-insulated to prevent freezing, or drain them completely and shut off the water until spring.
3. Make Windows and Doors Airtight for Winter
If you have drafty windows or doors, the heat inside will leakout, costing you lots more money to stay warm over the winter. To prevent this, check for drafts around all windows and doors. Seal any cracks or gaps with caulk or weather-stripping to keep warm air in and cold air out.
This will also help you save money in the summer if you use an air conditioner or HVAC system to cool your home.
4. Clean the Gutters
Prevent water damage to your home by cleaning out your gutters. Late fall is a good time to do this, after most of the leaves have fallen. Scoop out any leaves, dirt, or other debris, and then flush the gutters with a hose to get them as clean as possible.
Having clear gutters keeps water from overflowing and running down along the foundation of your house, which can either leak into your basement or cause damage to it, especially when the temperature dips below freezing.
With some simple steps and a little work, you can prepare your home for winter and avoid costly problems. Avoid emergency calls to service technicians or throwing away your money on heating costs.
About the author
Jim Van Landingham is a sales professional in the luxury bath industry connecting architects, designers, dealers and contractors with luxury products for 18 years. Jim is a family man, runner, IDPA member, artist and cook and currently working as the VP of sales in the residential division for Quick Drain USA.