Winter home maintenance is important to ensure your property remains in good condition & you and your family stay warm. Here’s a checklist to get you started and ready for whatever conditions come your way!
Indoor Winter Maintenance:
- Heating System: Schedule a professional inspection and maintenance for your heating system. Replace the furnace filter to ensure optimal efficiency. Bleed air from radiators, if applicable.
- Fireplace and Chimney: Inspect the fireplace and chimney for any blockages. Clean the chimney to remove creosote buildup. Ensure the damper is functioning correctly.
- Windows and Doors: Check for drafts around windows and doors; use weatherstripping or caulking to seal gaps. Consider using thermal curtains to retain heat.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Test detectors and replace batteries if necessary. Ensure detectors are strategically placed throughout the house.
- Humidifier: Clean and maintain your humidifier to add moisture to dry winter air.
Outdoor Winter Maintenance:
- Roof and Gutters: Inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams.
- Exterior Faucets: Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Turn off exterior water faucets, and insulate them with faucet covers.
- Tree Maintenance: Trim tree branches away from the house to prevent damage from heavy snow or ice.
- Snow Removal Equipment: Check and service snow blowers, shovels, and any other snow removal equipment. Stock up on ice melt or sand for walkways and driveways.
- Deck and Patio Furniture: Clean and store outdoor furniture or use covers to protect them from winter weather.
- Winter Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essentials like blankets, flashlights, and non-perishable food items.
- Car Maintenance: Prepare your car for winter by checking the antifreeze, tires, and battery.
Remember that regular winter maintenance helps prevent costly repairs in the future and keeps your mind at ease while being cozy in the comfort of your home.
If you need to make some of these changes or improvements and need access to your equity, call us, we have great solutions for that and can help.
Trish & The Primex Team