The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
As the temperature drops and the leaves fall, it is time to start thinking about preparing your home for the winter season. With the harsh temperatures, snow, ice, and wind, it is important to ensure your home is ready to face these weather conditions and keep you and your family safe and comfortable. Below is a checklist for seasonal maintenance that you should follow to get your home ready for the winter ahead.
One of the most important things to do when preparing your home for winter is to check your heating system. You want to ensure that your furnace or boiler works properly and efficiently to heat your home. You should have a professional come in and inspect and clean your heating system before the start of the winter season. Doing so can save you money on your energy bills and ensure you are not left without heat in the middle of winter.
Insulating your home properly can help you save money on your energy bills and keep your home warmer in the winter. Check your home for air leaks and insulate your attic, walls, and crawl spaces. You can also use weather stripping to seal your doors and windows and prevent drafts from coming in.
Winter weather can cause damage to your outdoor space, so make sure you prepare it by trimming back any overhanging branches, clearing gutters and downspouts, and putting away any outdoor furniture that could be damaged by snow or ice. You may also consider investing in heated cables for your roof and gutters to prevent icicles from forming and causing damage. It’s also recommended to handle any seasonal pest control for unwanted guests trying to find a warmer place to live for the season.
Frozen pipes can cause serious problems for your home, so make sure to get your plumbing ready for the winter season. Insulate your pipes and check for any leaks. If you plan on going away for an extended period during the winter, make sure to keep your heat on at a low level to prevent your pipes from freezing.
In case of a power outage or other emergency, make sure to have the necessary supplies on hand. This includes flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, and non-perishable food items. You may also want to consider investing in a generator to keep your home powered in case of a power outage.
Preparing your home for the winter season may seem like a lot of work, but it is essential in keeping your home safe, comfortable, and energy-efficient. Follow the checklist above to ensure your home is ready for harsh winter weather. If you are unsure about anything or need help, make sure to consult with a professional and enjoy a cozy and safe winter season in your home.