Preparing your home for the winter months

With bitterly cold temperatures around the corner I wanted to take a minute to remind homeowners about the important maintenanceImage items that ignoring can be costly. In case you missed my article in the Real Estate section of the Huntsville Times recently here is a recap of the 5 most important items to take care of before the freezing temps arrive.

When preparing your home to transition from warm to cold weather I always think of the word winterizing and what that means to your home. Here are the top five things that you should do every year as the temperature dips and we transition seasons.

  1. Have your furnace inspected by a licensed HVAC technician. This will insure your furnace is in tip top shape and minimize your utility expenses.
  2. If your home has a wood burning fireplace have a chimney sweep come out and inspect the chimney before use. If you have gas logs in your home make sure you have removed any dust that has accumulated over the spring and summer from the gas igniter.
  3. Inspect all your gutters for debris and make sure they are clean before the leaves start to fall and remove any debris from downspouts and make sure they are draining properly.
  4. Install weather stripping around any doors or caulk any windows with a draft.
  5. Most importantly this is a great time to change all the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Maintenance is the number one tip I can suggest in order to keep your home in tip-top shape and help avoid those costly repairs. Have your furnace and air conditioning inspected yearly, check your roof for leaks at least twice a year and your gutters and downspouts for debris, have your home and decking power washed annually to avoid fungus and mildew build-up, and inspect your basement/crawlspace and attic for any signs of moisture or pests.

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