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Home Maintenance Tasks to Prepare for Winter

Cold weather brings some unique problems and needs for your home. It’s important to have a checklist of at least the basic things needed to be done to your house every winter.

  • Prevent pipes from freezing: one of the biggest concerns associated with cold temperatures and winter. Make sure to properly prepare your pipes and upkeep them during the winter.
  • Replace furnace filters: dirty filters hinder airflow, trap nasty bacteria and particles, and increase energy expenditure. Be sure to change them out every few months, depending on what kind you have.
  • Insulate your water heater: Most water heaters are in unheated parts of homes. So to save money and energy, wrap your water heater with an insulation blanket.
  • Find and repair drafty windows: check for this by holding a candle in front of the potential gap. If the flame flickers while the candle is held still, then it’s probably affected by a draft coming from outside. there are various ways to go about fixing gaps- insulation film, draft snakes, weatherstripping, caulking, or replacement windows.
  • Seal foundation cracks: to prevent your house from leaking heat. You can use expandable foam for those strangely-shaped crevices.
  • Inspect your chimney: especially if you plan to use your fireplace, call a professional chimney sweep. There’s a high chance for buildup in the fireplace if it’s been used at all in the past.
  • Reverse your ceiling fans: a clockwise direction pushes warm air back downward. 
  • Protect plants: if there’s a threat of snow, then protect your shrubs and plants with either burlap, or a wooden A-frame structure.
  • Trim your trees: if there’s snow or ice afoot, then branches hanging over power lines or your roof can be dangerous. Trim these to be safe rather than sorry.
  • Prevent ice dams: installing ice shields can stop these from occurring.
  • Take advantage of new thermostat technology: smart thermostats can minimize your energy bill by knowing when someone arrives home, and then setting the right temperature. 
  • Get an energy audit: to be informed of energy-saving techniques, and sneaky energy-wasters you could have missed in your home, schedule and energy audit.

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