Remember last year when you were outside in below freezing temps with sleet splattering your eyes while winterizing your home? Or worse, your sprinkler system burst from frozen lines because you neglected to purge the system before freezing weather set in? You are not alone in this struggle! This year check off the boxes on this ‘Winter Home Checklist” before temps drop. Then enjoy the snowfall while relaxing beside your “recently inspected” fireplace with total piece of mind. No worries!!
Inspect HVAC System
Test run your furnace to ensure you are cozy and warm when those low temps set in.
Replace furnace filters at least every three months. Your furnace functions more efficiently with a clean filter. A clean filter traps lint, pollen, dust, etc., enhancing airflow and allowing your furnace to operate more efficiently.
Maintain Your Outdoor Equipment
Clean summertime outdoor power tools such as mowers and string trimmers prior to storing. Inspect your snow blower before the first snowfall to ensure it works properly. Stock up on snowmelt.
Check Your Fireplace
Schedule an annual chimney sweep to thoroughly clean and inspect the chimney before your first winter use. Animal nests, soot, and fireplace buildup are hazardous. Vacuum or sweep out any accumulated ash from the firebox.
Protect Your Pipes
Prevent frozen pipes by shutting off exterior faucets. Drain water from outdoor pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads. Wrap spigots, and close attic and crawlspace vents. If a home is vacant, turn water supply off and drain the pipes.
Block the Wind and Cold
Check doors and windows for drafts and caulk where needed. Add thicker curtains and keep blinds closed to keep warmth in.
Clear Your Gutters
Clogged rain gutters or downspouts can damage the foundation of your home or cause ice dams which can lead to expensive repairs.
Switch Out Your Thermostat
Have you changed your thermostat to a programmable version? A programmable thermostat allows you to customize your heating (and cooling) system. Create custom settings so the thermostat is set at one temperature when you are home and another when you are gone.
Bring the Outdoors In
Bring plants and flowering trees inside for protection before the first cold snap. Bring plants inside before temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cold, wind, and moisture damages outdoor furniture and grills. Store these items in the garage or basement over the winter. If you don’t have inside storage space, purchase covers to protect them over the winter.
Have the winter maintenance down but not sure what to do in the spring? Make sure you keep an eye on my Instagram Account (@rhendywithremax) for tips to keep your home well maintained in every season!