Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Winter

Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Winter

Prepping your house for the winter is just one of those things you can't skip out on. Prepping your house for the winter With all the money saved on electricity and the potential future repairs, your wallet will thank you later! So, before any heavy snowfall happens, here's some home maintenance tasks you need to do in order to get your house ready for the upcoming winter weather.

Weatherproofing

Weatherproofing

It is so important to get ahead of the harsh winter weather, and make sure your home is ready to handle the cold to come. Take the time now to check your doors and windows closely for gaps and areas that may cause a draft. We also recommend using a piece of paper in suspected gaps. Close the sheet in the door or window and try to move it/ pull it out. If it moves freely, you know that you have some work to do. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal them up, or consider replacing the windows or doors if you think the problem is severe enough.

Reverse the Fans

Reverse the Fans

This is one of those tips that not many homeowners know about. By taking the time to make sure your fans are turning clockwise, you’ll save money on heat in the winter! Doing this will stop the warm air from rising, meaning it will keep it down where you want it to be. Most ceiling fans have a switch that you can simply flip to reverse it; however, if the switch is not easily accessible on the outside of the fan, it may be somewhere inside.

Gutters

Gutters

Now some of you may be thinking “wait a minute, we just did this for our autumn home maintenance list”! You’re right, we did; however, this is an important step to go over once again. Any unnecessary weight from leftover frozen leaves will combine with the weight of the forming icicles and cause a lot of undue stress on your gutters. Emptying any leaves, dirt, and debris will decrease the risk of damage to these troughs and save you money later on.
Dryer Hose

Dryer Hose

Clogged dryer hoses pose huge fire hazards for households. These easily forgettable tasks are something you need to make sure you stay on top of. Make sure you prevent these house fires by cleaning your lint filter, emptying or replacing your dryer hose, and regularly checking the vent and exhaust.

Fireplace and Chimney

Fireplace and Chimney

Fireplaces go hand-in-hand with the holiday season; it’s hard to imagine staring out the window at the winter wonderland without a roaring fire at your back. However, clogged chimneys greatly increase the risk of house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Having a yearly inspection and chimney sweep may cost you a little bit extra, but it is well worth it when you consider it could also save your life. We also recommend making sure the flue on your chimney is fully functional so when the fireplace is not in use, you don't experience drafts.

Of course, there are so many things you can do to make sure your home is ready for the harsh winter climate in order to save you money and headaches in the long run. We’ve gone over some of the more important steps here, but be sure to follow Marina Homes, blog for more tips and tricks as we post them! Until then, have a happy and safe winter.