As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, it's clear that fall has arrived, and winter is well on its way. Along with pumpkin carving, apple picking, and catching a football game or two, now is the perfect time to make sure your home is prepared to handle the colder months. Take a weekend to run through this checklist so you can sit back and relax during the winter season and not spend it stressed about your home.
Check Your Heating System
Your heating system is by far one of the most important parts of your home during the winter, and you want to make sure it's working now before the temperature starts to hit below freezing. Give your system a test run and double check that everything is working like it should. This involves any seasonal maintenance, changing your filters, inspecting and cleaning heating vents, checking for carbon monoxide leaks, and making sure that warm air starts to blow within a few minutes. If you feel like something isn't working right, you'll want to call a technician to come out now before they start to get busy.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
This simple step shouldn't take you very long at all. If your ceiling fan has a reverse switch, use it to make sure the blades are turning in a clockwise direction. Doing this will help push down all the rising warm air from the ceiling back into the room. This tip is especially crucial for spaces that have high ceilings.
Inspect Your Fireplace
Everyone loves spending a cold winter night inside by the fireplace. Ensure that nothing has changed since the last time it was used by scheduling an inspection appointment with a professional. This appointment will include clearing any obstructions, checking the damper, giving the chimney a good cleaning, and just a general inspection to make sure it can help ward off those chilly nights.
Check for Leaks
The fastest way to drive up your heating bill is to have warm air leak outside thanks to gaps between window and door frames. Take a tour of your home and note any areas that either need to have their weather stripping replaced or caulk added. These steps will block cold air entry points and keep your home feeling nice and toasty.
Hit Your Home's Exterior
While these tips have been mostly focusing on winterizing your home's interior, it's important that you don't forget the exterior. Some items to make sure you take care of can be covering any patio furniture, cleaning out your gutters, draining outside faucets, and making sure you're all prepared for snow removal (you don't want to be looking for your shovel in 2 feet of snow!).
Winter is going to be here before you know it. The last thing you need to be doing is trying to prepare your home when it's already 10 degrees out. Take the time to follow these tips and you'll be enjoying the season warm and cozy inside!
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