Labor Day marked the official end of summer. Ahh, fall…The kids are back in school, but then the commute got slightly longer. Fall is a great time to get your house in order for the upcoming cold months. Metro Atlanta is no stranger to ice storms, so here are a few winter home maintenance tips to keep you and your family safe and cozy this coming winter season.
When temperatures start to drop, the first thing anyone does is turn on the heat in their home. However, there are a few points that should be addressed NOW beforeyour heating system is put into full use. Contact a local licensed, bonded and insured heating and air contractor to inspect your heating system for carbon monoxide leakage. This is also a good time to have your filters changed to make sure clean, healthy air is coming through the vents. You can also make a small adjustment to your ceiling fan if it has a reverse switch. Changing the direction of the ceiling fan to turn clockwise pushes the hot air down, making the room warmer throughout. These simple tips may help lower your heating bill and send some savings your way.
Now that you have warm air in your house, keeping it from escaping to the outside is important too. Weather stripping can wear out around doors and windows over time. Make sure all doors and windows have proper caulking to keep warm air from leaking out and cold air from creeping in. Sometimes this simple chore can be the difference between a cozy home and a drafty house.
Now that the interior of the home is secured for the winter, the exterior needs routine maintenance as well. The biggest threat to the exterior of a home during the winter is water. It is very important to keep water away from the foundation and out of the gutters and pipes. Clean, debris-free gutters are key to keeping water away from your home. By adding extensions to the downspouts, you can divert water at least three feet away from your home to protect your foundation from excess water. Most homes have a water hose or sprinkler system for lawn irrigation. Making sure all water is turned off at the source and drained out of pipes once the cold temps hit can save you from a pipe burst disaster.
So don’t forget your home maintenance checklist for the fall and into winter. In the long run, your wallet will thank you!