Late summer is the perfect time to start working on your home maintenance checklist. Not only will a few of these projects keep your energy bills as low as possible, but they might also help you avoid major damage during the upcoming winter storms. Here are some simple tips that will help you get your property ready for the coldest months of the year.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Your home’s gutters and downspouts might be more important than you realize. These fixtures are specifically designed to protect your home from extensive water damage during heavy storms. That is why they must be inspected a few times a month and cleaned whenever they are filled with leaves or other debris.
Check for Damaged Paint
In addition to improving the appearance of your home, exterior paint is also your first line of defense against the elements. Any chips or cracks in the paint need to be touched up well before the first cold front. Most experts agree that the exterior of a home should only be painted while it is warm and dry outside.
Caulk around Windows and Doors
Quite a bit of warm air can escape through cracks around doors and windows. Upgrading to high-efficiency doors and windows is one option, but many homeowners aren’t ready to spend that much money. As an alternative, you can prevent heat transfer by sealing up small cracks and holes with all-purpose caulking.
Treat and Cover the Pool
You need to start getting your pool and spa ready for the winter months well before the first frost of the season. This project includes adjusting the pH levels, cleaning the filtration system, buying swimming pool replacement equipment and installing a cover. Homeowners who aren’t sure how to adjust chlorine and pH levels should work with a pool specialist who can help them test their water.
Prep the Water Heater
Modern water heaters are designed to last for well over a decade, but they still need to be inspected, emptied, and cleaned once every few months. Removing sediment from the basin will improve the efficiency of your plumbing system and prevent clogs. You should also take a look at the pilot light to make sure that it is producing a clean and even flame.
Another project that you might want to carry out in the next few week is to inspect your HVAC system. Most contractors agree that HVAC systems should be serviced at least twice a year, and you might need to change the air filters as often as once a month if the system is being used daily. Servicing your heater or furnace will reduce your risk of a catastrophic breakdown and help you keep your energy bills under control.