Here are eight winter home maintenance tips that will keep your family safe and warm and your home running efficiently:
1. Change the direction of your ceiling fans. This will keep the air circulating properly inside your home and keep you warmer.
2. Seal your doors and windows. Weatherstrip and caulk these areas to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.
3. Add extra insulation in your attic or crawlspace. This will ensure that unnecessary energy isn’t used to heat areas you don’t need to heat.
4. Get your chimney checked out. Whether you have a gas-powered or wood-burning fireplace, you should make sure it has no safety hazards.
As we deal with occasional sleet and snowstorms, you need to make sure
there aren’t any trees brushing up against your house.
5. Trim your trees. As we deal with occasional sleet and snowstorms, you need to make sure there aren’t any trees brushing up against your house and there’s no chance of any branches falling on it or on any nearby power lines.
6. Disconnect your outside hoses. This will prevent your home’s water pipes from freezing and bursting. Also, if you’re leaving for an extended period of time, make sure you leave the heat on to prevent the same thing from happening.
7. Service your HVAC unit. Your home’s heating and cooling system should be functioning properly. You don’t want to have to deal with carbon monoxide poisoning in the middle of winter because there’s a problem with your heater.
8. Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace these units every 10 years. If your detectors are newer than this, make sure the batteries work and you can hear them so you’re notified in case of an emergency.
I hope you have a warm and wonderful rest of your winter. If you have any more questions about this or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy help you.