02 Nov Winter Home Maintenance Tips
As the days begin to get shorter and the temperatures drop, our thoughts turn to the holidays and the cozy feeling of sitting in front of a blazing fire. But before you start sipping on that pumpkin spice latte, there are some important projects to do around your home before the winter weather settles in for good!
At SAVA, we are committed to protecting what you value most – so here’s our top 10 home maintenance tips to prepare for the winter. These are sure to keep your family, home, and business safer and worry free – they might also save you some money!
1. Check your furnace
It’s a good idea to do some basic maintenance to help keep your heating system running smoothly through the winter. Check your furnace filter and replace it at least every three months. It’s also a good idea to have your furnace cleaned and checked by a professional annually, you’ll want to avoid the very dangerous and expensive Puff Back.
2. Inspect your roof
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends having your roof inspected twice a year to check for any signs of damage and make any necessary repairs before the sleet, ice and snow of winter arrive. This will help avoid bigger problems and potentially more expensive repairs down the road.
3. Fill gaps around windows and doors
Drafts around windows and doors can leave you feeling cold, and they could be wasting energy. If you are feeling the draft, apply caulk around the window trim or install weatherstripping around the edges of your doors and windows. You can also buy a simple door draft blocker to keep heat from escaping under your front door.
4. Test the sump pump
As water drains from under and around your home, your sump pump pushes it out of the house and away from the foundation. It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your sump pump. You can also perform some basic maintenance and testing yourself so consult your sump pumps owner’s manual.
5. Inspect your chimney and fireplace
The National Fire Protection Association recommends having a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney. If you have a gas fireplace, your chimney and flue should be inspected for any blockages. A professional will also inspect the gas lines and vents for leaks and can make necessary repairs.
6. Clean your gutters
Clogged gutters can lead to issues like water damage, loosened gutters, ice dams and issues with insects and rodents. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are cleared of leaves, sticks and other debris at least twice a year — whether you handle this chore yourself or call a professional.
7. Store outdoor furniture
Wicker, plastic, resin, and wood furniture should be cleaned (follow the manufacturer’s directions) and stored indoors for the winter. Teak and metal furniture can be stored outdoors year-round, although you’ll want to clean it appropriately to help protect it during the winter. Consider covering furniture to help protect it, and store cushions and patio umbrellas indoors.
8. Switch ceiling fan direction
When the weather gets cooler, flip your ceiling fan’s reverse switches so that the fans move in a clockwise direction. This change will create an updraft that pushes warm air back down into the room. This means you may be able to turn the thermostat down and save on your heating bills.
9. Turn off outside faucets
Before the temperatures dip, disconnect garden hoses from outdoor faucets. If your exterior faucets have shutoff valves, turn them off and release any water remaining in the pipe by opening and closing the outside tap. You can also help protect your exterior faucets with an insulated cover.
10. Get your winter weather supplies
Don’t wait for winter weather to arrive to head to the hardware store. Check out the stuff you already have and replace damaged snow shovels or other items. Don’t forget to pick up ice melt and salt, as these items tend to go quickly when storms approach.
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