Getting Your House Ready for WinterNovember 20, 2018
Winter and the snow it brings are on our doorsteps. Late fall is the perfect time to do a bit of maintenance and get your property ready to face the cold. Here are a few tips that should help you draw up your to‑do list.
To avoid a nasty surprise on your energy bill, check your doors and windows. They’re your home’s number one source of heat loss. So make sure they’re airtight, remove those screens, and install storm windows if need be. Replace any worn‑out caulk and make sure all your draft stoppers are in good condition.
No matter what type of heating system you have (gas, oil, or electric), it’s important to have it checked every two years or so to make sure it’s in good working order. Have a professional come and adjust the settings and make sure it’s running efficiently. If you have a hydronic (hot water) heating system, make sure there aren’t any leaks and bleed the air from the radiators.
Tip: Don’t forget to inspect your dryer, A/C, stove, and central vac vents!
For a garden that’s in good health and equipment that’s still in good shape come spring, try these maintenance suggestions.
Turn off all taps and any automated sprinklers, and disconnect and fully drain your water hoses, since any remaining water can damage a hose as it freezes and expands. And if you haven’t already, now’s the time to winterize your pool and pull the propane tank off your BBQ. Bring outdoor furniture inside, cover it, or store it in a shed.
Inspect your gutters and roof, as leaves and debris tend to pile up during the fall. Replace any broken tiles and check the flashing between the walls and roof to make sure no water gets in.
Tip: Don’t forget your greenery! Protect young trees and fragile plants using the tips in our article on fall garden maintenance:fall-gardening
Follow these helpful tips and you should be able to rest easy this winter, with no major calamities.
Have a wonderful snowy winter!