Many people find themselves in problematic spots in the winter because they neglect to attend to the proper maintenance procedures before the season hits. You don’t want to find yourself in need of heating system repair or simply wasting energy because of neglect or forgetfulness. Here are several tips you should follow to ensure your home is properly maintained for the winter.
Check your heating system
You should be able to hire a qualified technician for a minimal price to check your furnace or heating pump to be sure that it is performing properly. The technician can check that your system is achieving the optimum efficiency that it is capable of. The technician should also be able to check for leakage of carbon monoxide during the system test.
Weatherproof windows and doors
Before the winter arrives, be sure to check your windows and doors for any air drafts. Attending to cracks and spaces around your windows and doors is important in energy savings throughout the year and making sure your family is warm enough in the winter. If you are not able to perform any higher maintenance repairs, use of caulk and/or weather-stripping around window and door panels can be helpful in the process of conserving energy.
Drain irrigation systems
If you have a lawn irrigation system, it is important to have it drained before the winter arrives. This will avoid any damage to the pipes in your system when freezing occurs. It is recommended to have a professional come and do this for you to be sure it is done properly and completely.
Check roof shingles
In preparation for winter, it is ideal to check the roof of your home for any shingles that are missing, loose, or damaged. You can choose to hire a handyman or roofer to replace or repair shingles on your roof so that you will not have any leaks during storms or when snow begins to melt. If there is a chimney or if there are vent stacks on your roof, also be sure to check the flash sealing around them.