Before winter comes in like a lion, homeowners should consider thinking about winter home preparation. Take advantage of the moderate weather to get your home and equipment ready for winter.
Winter Home Preparation Checklist
- Schedule a heating service tune-up to make sure the furnace and fireplaces are in working order.
- Check that your smoke alarms and/or carbon dioxide detectors are in working order. Replace backup batteries if needed.
- Consider a programmable thermostat to save on heating costs. Wifi thermostats ensure your furnace is working. Notifications are e-mailed when temperatures are not within specified parameters.
- Replace furnace filter monthly.
- Reverse ceiling fans.
- Caulk around windows and doors and add weatherstripping as needed around the doors. Make sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.
- Remove screens and store them for the winter. Add storm doors and windows.
- Turn off the outdoor water system and store hoses.
- Clean and dry all patio furniture. Make sure you cover them with a heavy tarp or store them inside a shed or garage to protect them from the elements.
- Bring ceramic planters inside to eliminate cracking.
- Clean the leaves, dirt, and pine needles between the boards to prevent mold and mildew growth on your decks.
- Clean out the gutters to remove leaves. This will help prevent ice dams.
- Prepare to stow your lawn mower and other garden equipment.
- Make sure your snow equipment is ready to go. Prepare your snow blower for the first snowfall by changing oil and spark plugs.
- Purchase ice melt or sand for steps, walkways, and the driveway.
Winter home preparation could help lower energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home and its components, and even make your property safer! The Excelsior Homes team wishes all a cozy, happy winter!
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.
View our home maintenance checklist ideas for more ideas and timelines for maintaining your home.