What To Service Around Your Home Before Winter
Winter can quickly deteriorate your home no matter how old or new it is. To keep your home in good shape for years to come, there are a few things you need to service around your home before winter.
Clean Your Heating and Air System
Heating and air system longevity heavily relies on how well-maintained it is. Before the cold weather hits, be sure to change your filters and have a professional perform an inspection. This way, you can feel at ease knowing your heat is going to work when the temperatures turn—or at the very least, you can replace your system before it’s too late.
Seal Outdoor Surfaces
If you have an asphalt or concrete patio or driveway, the salt and cold temperatures that winter brings can create cracks and damage your outdoor surfaces. Before the first snowfall hits, inspect your patio and driveway for any cracks, and be sure to seal these surfaces so that no water can enter and make matters worse.
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
With furnaces blasting and fireplaces roaring, winter is one of the most common times for house fires to break out. Make sure all your smoke detectors have fresh batteries, and install a carbon monoxide detector if you haven’t already.
Prep Outdoor Equipment
Like your driveway and patio surfaces, your outdoor equipment can take a beating in the winter. Cover all patio furniture, or consider moving it inside for safekeeping. You should also prepare to empty any gas from your lawnmower or other equipment to prevent it from going bad; store this equipment indoors as well. Even looking out for signs your car needs to be serviced is important in the winter, as storing it in a cold garage or in the driveway can take a toll.
Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters isn't just a fall activity. Frozen leaves and heavy icicles can add extra weight to your gutters and cause damage. They can also clog your gutters, making it difficult for melting snow to escape your roof properly.
There are plenty of things homeowners need to service around their homes before winter. Start with these five tips to get your home into better shape before the cold creeps in.