7 Winter Maintenance Musts!
If owning a home were as simple as buying it, it would be a breeze… truth is, maintaining your biggest investment is a must! Here are some tips to make sure your home is Winter ready:
- Make Sure Your Heating System is Ready: Depending on the type of heating system you have, there are a few home maintenance things you should do before the temperatures really start to dip. First, make sure you change the air filter regularly, especially with all of our recent fires. If you have a high-efficiency system, PVC vent pipes need to be cleared of any obstructions. And those with a boiler system should have their system cleaned every year. Those with gas should have a cleaning about every three years.
- Check the Fireplace and Chimney: If you use your fireplace, have it cleaned by a chimney sweep. You should also check for any debris and cracks in the chimney. And creosote buildup and debris such as leaves and bird nests could become a fire hazard.
- Check Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: According to the U.S. Fire Administration, heating is the cause of 27 percent of structure fires during the winter months. So make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working in your home – have you seen This is Us? And it’s best to have smoke alarms in every room of your home, including hallways. Be sure that home maintenance includes checking the batteries in all alarms once a month.
- Prevent Pipes from Freezing: When water freezes, it expands and can cause your pipes to burst. To prevent frozen pipes, insulate pipes near windows, doors and in areas of the home that are unheated. Disconnect your garden hose from the outside faucet. Finally, set the heat to no lower than 55 degrees F.
- Protect Entryways: All that snow, ice and mud can wreak havoc on your entryway floors. Place mats both inside and outside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. And make sure your mudroom/entry is ready with a place to dry wet jackets, hats, mittens and gloves.
- Reverse Ceiling Fans: If you have ceiling fans, there should be a switch to make the fan blades run clockwise. Running the blades in a clockwise position during the colder months can push heated air down. This home maintenance task makes rooms with high ceilings more comfortable!
- Ready Shovels, Check Snow Blower: Move your snow shovels to an area near the door where they will be within easy reach. Change the oil in your snow blower and replace the spark plug if needed.
Brrr… heat up some hot cocoa and get to work!