Getting ready for cold weather should happen right after you are done with the air conditioner but before you are in the heart of winter. Below are some items for your checklist:
• Check your furnace. Replace any old, dirty filters. Hire an HVAC specialist, if needed.
• Plug up holes where pipes, vents, or electrical conduits run through walls, ceilings, and floors.
• Check for drafts. Plug leaks around windows and doors by using spray foam, caulk and weather stripping.
• Make sure there is insulation in attic floor and throughout the walls in the house.
• Insulate your water heater.
• Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices.
• Clean gutters and downspouts.
• Make sure chimney and venting systems are working properly.
• Install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.
• Inspect siding & check home exterior for cracks or holes.
• Inspect any trees for broken limbs.
• Bring in plants for the winter.
• Close your pool.
• Store seasonal furniture.
• Put Spring/Summer equipment in the back of the shed and bring winter equipment up front.
These are just a few ways to get your home ready for winter.