Winter Home Maintenance
After having the perfect summer season and experiencing the monsoon winds Maintenance, it is now time to welcome the fall and get ready for the upcoming winter season.
In no time, you will be taking out your warm clothes to revamp your wardrobe. But did you do the same for your house?
Winterizing your home has to be on your priority list. After all, it is going to help you sustain and make you feel comfortable throughout the season.
For example, weatherproofing your house for winters in advance can improve the effectiveness of your HVAC system and help you save up on energy bills. Plus, it would also give you a jumpstart and reduce the chances of last-minute maintenance issues.
So, here we’ve got a winter home maintenance checklist for you to follow and prepare home for the chilly season. Use it and enjoy living in a warm and comfy home throughout the winter months.
Get your heating appliances checked
It is pretty easy to start taking your heating appliances such as boilers and furnaces for granted during the non-winter months. This is the reason many homeowners end up dealing with faulty appliances during the chilly season.
You can avoid all this by getting your furnace, boiler, fireplace and other heating appliances checked and repaired. Obviously, you would want to enjoy cozy and warm nights all winter.
You can also consider bleeding the radiators and insulating pipes to keep your home heating system in good shape. Efficient heating systems can help you slash your annual energy bills and keep you warm throughout the season.
Spruce up on insulation
Imagine waking up in a freezing cold room. Feels uncomfortable, right? This is because of the constant airflow in the rooms.
Even if your heating appliances are working at their full capacity during the winter season, weatherstripping can take you back to square one. In fact, around a quarter of heat gets lost through an uninsulated house.
The primary job of home insulation is to trap the heat inside the house and slow down its movements from room to room. That’s why you need to insulate your windows and roof to minimize heat loss.
In fact, according to industry experts, if all American homes had proper insulation, the residential electricity, and natural gas usage would drop down by 5% and 10%, respectively. This means that getting your house insulated can help you reduce your carbon footprint.
In order to provide an adequate degree of insulation and improve your home’s appearance, you can consider adding cladding to your roof. You can also get those shingles nailed down properly and prep your roof for the cold spell.
Schedule a moss removal appointment
Let’s be honest; treating moss is an uphill battle. Once it takes over your yard or lawn, it can be really challenging to get rid of it completely. In fact, cleaning professionals recommend cleaning moss from everywhere in your house, especially before the winter season starts setting in.
This is because the combination of wet weather and moss can make your pathways hazardous. Not to mention, they act as an eyesore for your home exteriors.
That’s why you need to contact professionals who can inspect and offer surefire solutions to get rid of moss from your driveway and yard once and for all.
Protect your pipes from freezing
The temperature drop causes water to freeze and expand in the pipes. The expansion, subsequently, increases the pressure causing the pipes in your home to rupture. Now that can turn out to be really dangerous.
Exposed pipes are more likely to freeze and burst as the cold air can get through unheated spaces more easily. According to industry experts, the pipes in basements, attics, and garages are more prone to ice blockage and sudden bursts.
That’s why it would be best to insulate your pipes and cover all your crawl spaces to prevent your pipes from freezing. Make sure you do not let the temperature drop down from 55 degrees F. Consider disconnecting your garden hose from the outside faucet for better protection.
Also, even if the pipes freeze during the season, you can either apply a heating pad at the frozen section or turn on the faucet to allow some water to run through the pipes. This will help in melting the ice in the pipes.
Pro tip: Do not do the same for your drain pipes. This means that you only need to be concerned about the water supply pipes as they are about an inch in diameter, making them easier to freeze.
On the other hand, drain pipes are supposed to carry water instead of holding it. This means that it doesn’t get pressurized, which makes it less prone to bursting even with a little bit of freezing.
Protect your garden area
While weatherproofing your home, it is really important for you to check your exteriors and gardens.
Over the summers, you might love to sit outside in your backyard and spend your evenings chatting with your friends or family members. And since you will be spending most of your time cooped up indoors, it would be best to bring in the outdoor furniture inside for safekeeping.
Look for other things in your garden that might get blown away or damaged by a blizzard.
And even if your trees ended up shedding all their leaves in the fall season, it would be best to get those branches trimmed before the winter season. This will also help you prevent the leaves from clogging your gutters and drains. Also, as far as your garden guests are concerned, top up your bird feeder and water baths to keep them happy throughout the chilly season.
To sum it all up,
Prepping your home for the upcoming winter season way in advance can help you avoid any last-minute hassles. Not to mention, you’ll be able to kickstart the season without worrying about your home maintenance. So, use the home maintenance checklist mentioned above and enjoy the chilly season comfortably.