As the weather continues to grow colder, our thoughts inevitably turn to the oncoming winter. You may have travel arrangements to make, gifts to buy and cards to write. But among all the activity, don’t neglect to prepare your house for the season as well.
Obviously, the colder the winter weather gets, the more you will be using your heating system. Now is a good time to perform some basic maintenance to keep it running efficiently throughout the winter.
Change your furnace filter. This should be a regular occurrence for your heating and cooling systems. Check and replace your filter about every month. A dirty filter will cause undue stress on your heating system.
Schedule an annual furnace tune-up. Regular maintenance is important to prolong the life of your furnace and prevent costly repairs down the road. All three utility companies (APS, SRP and Southwest Gas) also recommend an annual inspection.
Whether or not you will be putting up any holiday lights this year, there are a few winter maintenance tips for your yard as well. The goal is to prevent any damage and keep the outside of your house in tip-top shape.
Make sure your trees are healthy. You may want to trim your trees before winter arrives to help prevent them from falling or shedding limbs in high winds. Get your trimming done long before the winter freezes to avoid damage to your trees.
Check weather stripping around doors & windows. The hot summer heat can crack and wear out the weather stripping around you doors and windows. Even small gaps can allow valuable heat to escape and increase your energy bills.
These quick and easy tips will help you better prepare your home for winter this year and lower the chance of a surprise repair.