When we get closer to the summer ending, it’s time to start thinking about preparing for fall and subsequently, winter. The two seasons usually mean colder weather, lots of leaves, and then lots of snow. How can you prepare your home for the cold weather? Here’s a helpful checklist.
Clean Out the Gutters
When your gutters are clogged, it can impact how rain and melted snow get off your roof. A backup can cause problems with your roof, the gutters themselves, or the water dripping off can wind up leaking into your basement. Check your gutters before the leaves start to fall off the trees. Conduct a thorough cleaning before winter so that you avoid a big problem.
Turn Off Outside Faucets
The winter weather is likely to be cold and unpredictable – especially in Frederick, Maryland. (Am I right!?) Make sure that you’ve turned off and drained the outdoor faucets in order to avoid water freezing in the pipes. If you don’t, it could cause a pipe to burst and that isn’t fun.
Check for Drafts
Your doors and windows can cause many drafts if they are loose, or have cracks in them. To most people, it’s surprising how much warm air can be let out by a draft. Allowing the warm air in your home to escape due to inadequately sealed windows and doors means that you’ll be wasting electricity and money, so make sure to check all the seals on the entry points of your home.
Safely Store Summer Tools & Equipment
You won’t be using your lawnmower in the fall and winter. Unused fuel can cause chemical changes which will damage the engine. To avoid such problems, it’s good to drain the fuel tank and safely store the equipment. The same goes for other equipment like leaf blowers, weed eaters, and even sprinklers. You’ll want easy access to snow shovels, salt, and sleds. Store the summer stuff in the back so that you aren’t tripping over it.
Service Your HVAC System
It’s always wise to make sure you’ll have a warm home when the time comes. Naturally, this means you should have your HVAC system serviced.
You can book your service appointment here. We make sure that the system is functioning well so that you are less likely to have the system breakdown when you need it the most. A lot can happen within your HVAC system as the seasons change. Most of these issues will occur in places that are not visible, and you may not notice without performing an extensive check of its inner workings.