With the approach of winter, it is time to start winterizing your house. While everyone means to finish everything on their winter to do list, usually this does not happen. This means your house will be the one with a broken furnace this winter. Instead of trying to finish every little detail before the first snowfall, try making a shorter “must do” list instead. Choose only the chores that have to be done. This way, you have a better chance of finishing your absolutes and having a working furnace this winter.
1. Furnace Services
One of the most important update you can do for your home this winter is to have your furnace serviced. Furnace services offer a safe and economical way to have your heating serviced. With regular inspections and heating service, you can help to ensure that your home stays warm even on the coldest nights. Also having the phone number to furnace services close by allows for quick responses to any problems.
2. Clean Your Gutters
It is nobody’s favorite winter chore, but cleaning out your gutters is an important part of winterizing your home. Clogged drains can lead to interior water damage. Melting ice and snow can become blocked and begin to leak inside the home.
3. Fix Leaks
Repairing those minor leaks around your windows or siding is important. Not only will these repairs help to stop water damage from occurring from melting snow and ice, it will also help to keep out insects in the summer months.
4. Remember the Ceiling Fan and Chimney
While this may seem rather unimportant, reversing your ceiling fan is easy to do and becomes important when fires are cheerfully burning on a cold winter’s night. This leads to the more important cleaning of the fireplace. Just as having heating and furnace services are important for safety, so is having a clean, well-working fireplace. Checking that the fireplace and all of its components are clean and operational could be the difference between a cheerful fire and a devastating house fire.
5. What About the Ducts?
Having your air ducts and vents clean is an important part of winterizing your home. During the cold winter season, the doors and windows are closed, restricting air circulation to your air duct system. Clean air ducts help to keep you and your family healthy and comfortable during the winter months.
These simple tips are easy to do, and can save you time and money during the winter season. Winter is difficult, but preparing for it shouldn’t have to be.