As the weather starts to cool down, you have the perfect opportunity to prepare your home for colder days. Get these projects done before it’s too late!

 

Upgrade your old furnace

  • If your furnace is 10-15 years old and is taking longer to heat up the house than usual, it may be time to replace it.

Check on Important Insulation

  • Specifically, check on weatherstripping around your doors, windows, and garage door. The felt strips seal these openings to prevent drafts, but they can wear down over time.

Clean out your gutters

  • Your gutters work hard over fall and winter, and they need your help. Clean them out to prevent them from overflowing with rain or snow and damaging your roof.

Replace Old Single-Pane Windows

  • Single-pane windows are poor insulators. If you have any of these windows, consider replacing them with double-pane windows.

Replace missing shingles

  • Your roof needs to be in good shape to resist wind, rain and snow. Replace any missing shingles and fix other signs of damage before those eyesores turn into serious and expensive leaking problems.

Prepare Your Fireplace

  • For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection.

Switch your ceiling fan direction

  • Ceiling fans should turn clockwise in the colder months, which pushes warm air back down into the room. Most fans have a simple switch that reverses the direction.

Hibernate Outdoor AC Units

  • Clean and cover your outdoor air conditioning unit to protect it from rain and snow.

Winterize Irrigation Systems

  • In colder climates, your irrigation system should be blown out to remove any water and prevent freeze-ups that can ruin sprinklers.

Trim Problem Bushes and Trees

  • The last thing you want are branches to hit your house during a windstorm. Now is the time to inspect nearby trees and shrubs, and cut any low-hanging or dying branches before they can do damage.