How to Get Your Home Ready for Colder Weather
When winter hits, your home is vulnerable. Things freeze. Certain #materials warp. And we like to run fires to keep warm, which puts our home in further danger.
Take the time to protect your home before winter hits in full force. Fall is an especially good time to start thinking about your home maintenance and preparing it for the colder weather. Here are a few tasks that you can do to get ready for the winter and help keep your home in good condition.
Check your heating and air conditioning system
Most heating and air systems last between 12 and 15 years. A lot of their lifespans have to do with how well they’re maintained.
Before the winter hits, be sure to at least change your filters. Now, you could go the extra step (which is recommended) by having an #HVAC contractor inspect your system. Some contractors even offer an annual maintenance agreement. You just want to make sure that your heat is going to work when you need it most. It’s far better to assess your HVAC systems and locate a problem in the the fall than to realize your furnace doesn’t work on a freezing winter day.
Check your drainage
Check to make sure the area around your foundation hasn’t settled too much, which could create areas for water to pool up. If you do happen to find a low spot, just fill it in with some soil. You should also check areas around your downspouts and ensure that water is getting moved away from the home. Basically, you want to avoid water settling and saturating your soil around the foundation of your house; it’ll cause real problems if it freezes and then thaws during winter.
Clean your gutters
When your trees are stripped bare and have no leaves left, it’s a good time to get to #cleaning your gutters. If your gutters happen to back up, they’ll overflow and run down your siding, which can deteriorate the exterior of your home. Similarly, overflowing gutters can speed up the deterioration of your foundation, introduce water infiltration in the basement, and even cause water to settle under your porch and sidewalks. You don’t want any of this if it can be avoided by simply cleaning your gutters.
There are other things you could consider doing to prepare your home for winter, but these are some of the most important to tackle if you want your house to remain in good shape throughout the colder months.