As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, it’s time to get your house ready for the long winter months ahead. Taking a few minutes now to walk around your house, visually evaluating essential systems for safety and noting routine maintenance activities that require care, is a smart place to start, and a good winter maintenance checklist can help.
Here are a few pointers to get you started:
Gutter and downspout cleaning A clogged gutter or downspout can cause serious damage to your home if it freezes. Check your gutters and downspouts before the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested. Make that each device is functional by using the testing tool. As needed, replace batteries and inoperable equipment.If you’re interested and want to learn more about them,visit our site.
Extinguishers should be recharged or replaced. Make sure every fire extinguisher has a full charge by checking the gauge (arrow pointing to the green area of the gauge). Turn each extinguisher upside down to help prevent the dry chemicals inside from caking on the bottom over time. Consider having your fire extinguishers tested by a professional if they are more than a year old.
Examine the vents in the furnace. Check that the vents in your main living spaces are open and unobstructed if your home has a forced air furnace. You can block vents in less often used rooms partially, but not completely unless you’re certain there’s no risk of water pipes freezing as a result. Keep in mind that temperatures inside your home’s walls will be lower than those in nearby living spaces.
Make sure you have plenty of furnace filters on hand. Filters waste energy in a filthy furnace. They also make your furnace work harder in order to keep your house warm. Your furnace’s owner’s manual should specify which filters are appropriate for it and how often they should be replaced. Remember that a high-efficiency air filter traps more dirt than a standard filter and may need to be replaced more frequently to prevent your furnace from overheating.
All of your home’s heating systems should be inspected on a regular basis. Furnaces, wood stoves, chimneys, and other home heating components can all benefit from routine maintenance. Most experts recommend having each system inspected by a certified professional once a year, but service intervals vary by system and manufacturer, so check your owner’s manual or contact each heating system manufacturer for more information.
Weather strips that have become worn out should be replaced. Weather stripping around windows and doors that is worn out can significantly increase your home heating expenditures. Weather strips are inexpensive and quick to change, and they should pay for themselves in no time.
Inspect attics and crawl areas for insulation. Insulation panels made of fibreglass can sag away from rafters, joists, and wall cavities with time, enabling chilly air to enter your home. A tiny issue area can be reseated using duct tape, but excessive sagging may suggest a moisture problem. Before replacing big amounts of insulation, try to figure out what’s causing the problem. If you opt to change the insulation yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s personal protective equipment instructions.
Outside water valves should be protected. To avoid freezing damage, hose bibs in an unheated garage or on the outside of your home may require protection. Most home centres sell inexpensive insulating covers, but it’s still a good idea to turn off the water supply attached to the hose bib from inside the house. After you’ve turned off the water, open each hose bib to drain any remaining water. Hoses should be disconnected and stored indoors for the winter.