How to Prepare Your Home for Fall & Winter
Fall is almost here, and winter is not far behind it. As you start thinking about getting out the winter weather clothes, it’s also time to start thinking about preparing your home as well. As the seasons change, the weather does too, putting different demands on your home both inside and out. It is important to get your home ready for these seasons as early as possible to avoid having to make important repairs when the weather gets colder.
Fall & Winter Home Preparation Checklist
Is your home ready for the fall and winter seasons? Here are 10 tips for preparing your home for changing weather demands:
- Inspect exterior walls for peeling paint.
Look for peeling paint on the exterior walls of your home. This is a sign that the paint may no longer be protecting the siding of your house and can cause the siding to deteriorate if left unfixed.
- Clean the gutters.
It is important to keep your roof’s drainage system flowing smoothly. Remove leaves and other debris from your gutters and drainpipes to help prevent clogging.
- Repair any damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
Check for cracks on your driveway. Repair the damage using driveway filler and then coat your driveway or steps with a commercial sealer. This will help prolong the life of the asphalt in winter and the coming years.
- Inspect your roof for any problems.
Make sure that your roof is not damaged. Look for missing or loose shingles and repair before the weather starts to change as changing humidity and temperatures can have a negative impact on your roof.
- Clean your fireplace and chimney.
If you have a fireplace, clear out any ash and charred wood from the fireplace. Call a professional to clean your chimney and inspect the damper to make sure it is closed in order to prevent drafts.
- Seal cracks and gaps around windows and doors.
Proper insulation is important for energy-efficiency. Any cracks, gaps, or leaks in your windows or doors will allow air to escape, making your HVAC system work harder to heat or cool your home.
- Get your deck ready for winter.
Clean your porch or deck furniture, and make any needed repairs to the deck. Cover any outdoor furniture or grills and store in a protected area.
- Clean or replace dirty air filters.
You should be cleaning or replacing your air filters regularly, but this is especially important before fall. Chances are your AC was running throughout the summer and working hard to filter out pollutants. Keep your system running efficiently by changing out the dirty air filters.
- Test your heating system.
Turn your heating system on to make sure that it runs properly. If the heat does not turn on or the system is vibrating or making loud noises, turn the heater off and call an HVAC professional, so that you can fix the issue before you need to use the heat.
- Get an HVAC tune-up.
An annual tune-up helps you keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently year-round. If you notice any issues starting and running your heater when you test it, you may need a tune-up or repairs.
The changes in weather can have a significant impact on your HVAC system. We are ready to help you get your home ready for fall and winter. Call us today for all your HVAC tune-up and repair needs.