8 Must-Do’s for Winter Maintenance

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Fall is here which means winter is near! As the cold weather nears, now is a good time to prepare your home for the shift in weather conditions with these essential winter maintenance tips, no matter where you live.

  1. Tune Up Your Heating System

Brrr…it’s going to be a cold one. Make sure your heating system will get you through the winter months by scheduling an annual furnace tune-up. A technician will inspect your furnace to be sure the system is clean and in good working order. If you act now, you’ll minimize your risk of needing emergency repair services during freezing temperatures.

  1. Adjust Your Ceiling Fans

Adjust your ceiling fans so that the fan’s blades run in clockwise direction. Do this after you’ve turned on your heat. Energy Star states that this will produce an updraft, which pushes heated air down from the ceiling. Set your thermostat down a few degrees. This simple task affords you both energy and monetary savings.

  1. Prevent Icicles & Ice Dams

Winter brings snow-packed roofs to Colorado residents. That’s a given. As the snow starts melting damaging icicles and ice dams can occur. Take steps to prevent potential damage this year by ensuring that there is adequate roof ventilation as well as sealing gaps that allow warm air to pass into the attic from the house.

  1. Inspect Your Roof

Inspecting your roof is one task that’s easy to overlook. Don’t! With a pair of trusty binoculars in hand, scan your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles. Look at the condition of the flashing too. Back inside, check for daylight peeking through cracks or worn spots in your roof {Tip: the attic provides the perfect vantage point}.

  1. Clean the Gutters

If your gutters are clogged, water can back up against the house, potentially damaging your home’s roof, siding, and trim. Clogged gutters can also result in leaks and ice dams. Using your gloved hands or a trowel, carefully remove any detritus from the gutters, and any residue from the roof shingles. Follow up by thoroughly flushing the gutters out.

  1. Clean Your Fireplace & Chimney

You should make sure your fireplace, chimney, and vents are clean prior to burning the Yule log. This will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide poisonings. Search for a certified chimney sweeper at Chimney Safety Institute of America. A professional will inspect and thoroughly clean your fireplace and chimney.

  1. Caulk Around Your Doors & Windows

Caulking around your windows and doors are small projects that can have a big impact on how much energy and money you save. It’s a project that rewards you throughout the year; not just during the winter. Do-it-yourselfers of any skill can easily caulk and weather-strip their entire home in a short amount of time.

  1. Restock on Winter Essentials

Don’t delay – restock on ice melt or ice before the first winter storm hits. If you have one, check to make sure your snow blower is properly maintained, and ready to go. Replace damaged or worn shovels, sleds, and winter toys well ahead of the crowds {if applicable to your situation}.

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