Heating costs and unexpected home repairs can make for a long and miserable winter. Getting your winter preparation done before the first snow flies so you can relax safe and warm indoors. Our tips will help.
- Consider replacing your thermostat with a programmable unit.
- Clean and replace furnace filters and humidifier evaporator pads.
- Adjust ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise position to blow warm air downward
- Check your chimney and fireplace for needed repairs. Make sure the flue system is free of creosote buildup or other fire hazards
- Flush sediment from the hot water tanks and check the pressure valve relief
- Check any exposed ducts in your basement, attic and crawl spaces. Make sure leaks are plugged
- Bleed the valves on hot-water radiators
Doors and Windows
- Replace cracked and damaged weatherstripping around doorframes and windows. Caulk around frames inside and out if needed
- Time for those screen to go into storage! Replace window and door screens with storm windows and storm doors
- Inspect windows for damage, and don’t forget to check window frames for signs of rot. Replace and repair as needed
Equipment Care and Supplies
- Clean all seasonal tools and give them a light spray of oil for rust prevention
- Rearrange the garage to make winter tools more accessible
- Check your supply of sand or ice melt
- Crank up the snowblower. It may not be time to use it yet, but it’s time to inspect the machine for needed repairs and maintenance
Lawn and Garden
- Trim overgrown branches that may be a threat in winter storms
- Winterize outdoor faucets by draining pipes, sprinklers and valves. Wrap faucets to protect them from winter damage
- Drain and store attached hoses
- Clean dirt and debris from the deck to help prevent mold growth
- Check the outdoor lighting and make certain steps and potentially icy walkways are well lit
- Inspect or install handrails on exterior stairways
- Clean and store patio furniture
- Inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles and replace them if needed
- Clear gutters of debris and make sure that downspouts are secure and functioning properly. Downspouts should be directed at least 5 feet away from the house to prevent water damage to your home’s foundation
- Check all vents and openings to your home for nests and other debris
You’ll rest easy this winter knowing your home is safe and well-maintained no matter what the season brings. Bring on the snow!