If you own your home or any other type of property that requires maintenance, you know that different seasons require varied preservation tasks and upkeep. As we move into winter here in Idaho, it is critical to get your home ready for the frigid cold temperatures, snow, hail, and all the other things that winter has to offer. Being proactive, as stated in this article from BobVilla.com, will help to “lower your energy bills, increase the efficiency and lifespan of your home’s components, and make your property safer.”
Continue reading for seven tips that you can implement today to get your home ready for winter.
Getting Your Home Winter Ready
Have Your Furnace Checked
Having a properly heated home is a necessity during the winter. Have your furnace checked by a professional to extend it’s life, make sure that everything is working correctly and prevent carbon monoxide leaks.
Winterize Your Air Conditioner
To prep your air conditioner for winter, start by cleaning the condensing unit of debris, you can do this yourself or hire a professional Idaho Falls HVAC cleaner to do it for you. Once the unit is clean, cover it with a breathable, waterproof cover. If you have a window air conditioner, remove it and store it until you need to use it again.
Get Your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned
Have you ever noticed when you first crank on your heat for the season that it smells kind of funny? While the smell itself is usually harmless, getting your air ducts cleaned can help to eliminate any dirt, allergens, or contaminants that may be circulating in your vents. Plus, routine HVAC and air duct cleaning in Idaho Falls will ensure that your heater is running all winter efficiently.
Test Your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
House fires most often occur in the winter. Even if you have had your furnace checked along with an Idaho Falls HVAC cleaning service, you’ll want to inspect that your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have good batteries.
Clean The Gutters
Gutters filled with leaves, sticks, and other debris can cause water to back up against the house and damage roofing, siding, and wood trim, according to Kiplinger.com. Additionally, it can also cause leaks and ice dams. You may also need to repair gutters if there is damage.
Winterize Your Sprinkler System
To make sure that your water doesn’t freeze inside your sprinkler system over the winter, you’ll want to have your system winterized. A professional will either drain out the system or use an air compressor to blow any excess water out. This costs anywhere from $50 to $150, which is much cheaper than getting a new sprinkler system when summer rolls around.
Check Your Seals
Make sure that all of the doors and windows are adequately sealed in your home. For your doors, you can install weatherstripping and even a door sweep. If you see any gaps that need to be filled up, you can use caulk to fill them in. Also, check the basement and attic for any air leaks and get them covered up as soon as possible. This will decrease the chance of any unwanted critters coming in for warmth and will also keep your family warm all winter long.
We hope this list will help you and your family stay warm and cozy during the coldest months of the year.
Call Steamatic of Idaho Falls to schedule your HVAC or air duct cleaning today.