Cold temperatures, snow, ice, and wind are on the way! There are special considerations to keep in mind during the winter to keep your home in top shape. Winter is also a great time to catch up on home maintenance when there is no yard work to keep up with. Check out these tips below to make sure your home is well maintained through the cold months of winter.
- Check the caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors. Keep cold air out and warm air in.
- Clean your dryer vent. Lint builds up inside the vent and should be cleaned out regularly for proper exhaust.
- Switch the ceiling fan direction. The upward airflow will push the warmer air down into the room.
- Change your HVAC air filter. A dirty filter makes your system work harder. Check your filter several times a year to see if it needs to be changed.
- Add all-weather mats to your home entrances to prevent wet floors. This is especially good for the main entrance where everyone comes in and out.
- Check for tree limbs that may damage your home in snow or winds. Look for low-hanging or loose limbs that could come down.
- Check your window wells and replace if the liner is loose. They help keep out water and cold drafts.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure all are in good working order and placed properly throughout your home.
- Clean out your gutters or hire someone to do it. Clogged gutters can cause water damage and ice dams.
- Test your sump pump. The sump pump pushes water away from the house and the foundation.
- Check your fire extinguishers and replace, if necessary. Make sure to have one in the kitchen and on each floor.
- Check and replace all extension cords that have been damaged. Look for cracks or loose plugs.
- Check and service your shovels and snowblowers. Be prepared for the “big one” with all the proper tools.
- Check your fireplace or woodstove and stock up on firewood. Have paper, a lighter, and all supplies need to start a fire.
- Have power-outage supplies on hand. Keep extra food, water and candles, as well as warm clothes and blankets in supply in case you lose power for a time.
A well-maintained home will save you money in the long run! Keeping up with all of the little maintenance items can help you to avoid costly repairs in the future. A well-maintained home will also be easier to sell once the time comes.
Special thanks to Myers Home Inspections for home maintenance tips. A professional home inspection can alert you to repairs and maintenance items.