Here are a few things to consider in order to maintain your home through the seasons.
1. Clean those eavestroughs and downspouts.
Remove all debris from your gutters so water can drain properly. Ice damming on roofs can cause serious damage and become a falling hazard near pathways and driveways.
2. Drain Your Garden Hoses.
Turn off all outdoor faucets or sprinkler systems. Empty all hoses and hang them in an indoor (garage) spot for the winter if possible.
3. Clean your furnace filter.
Potentially an obvious one, but I know we may benefit from helpful reminders. Replace your filter or clean it if it’s a reusable one. Odds are you’ve already been running your furnace, this will help.
4. Check your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
You’ve heard the advice, change out your batteries with daylight savings time, but in case you didn’t here’s another reminder. Check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working throughout the house.
5. Check Your Windows.
Take time to walk around your home and check that every window is latched and locked properly. Prevent unnecessary drafts, water issues and save on energy.
You may not be a fan of the winter weather but these steps will help avoid unnecessary headaches.