WINTER HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Enjoy a season’s worth of savings by taking a few steps to protect your home before winter hits:

  • Allow winter’s rain and melting snow to properly drain by removing fall leaves and other debris from your gutters
  • Consider having your furnace professionally cleaned and tuned annually. Replace those furnace filters monthly, if needed.
  • Repair any obvious leaks in the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window and door frames and electrical outlets
  • Feeling drafty? Check the attic to make sure you see a minimum of 12 inches of insulation
  • Check the crawl space for flooding after the first long rainfall
  • Check your heating ducts and clean out any abundant dust, animal hair and other debris that can gather and cause respiratory issues

  • Reverse your ceiling fans to force warm air downwards, keeping your home more comfortable. Note to self: As you look up, blades should be turning clockwise during the winter months
  • Make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor and in the garage
  • If you haven’t checked the operation of your home’s smoke detectors… now is a great time to do so. Check the batteries too!
  • Invest in a carbon monoxide detector, every home house has at least one. They also make great utilitarian holiday gifts!

Happy Holidays

Kate