At this time of year, the colder season is here. That means it’s time to get your home warm and cosy. This means that you must ensure various home improvements and maintenance checks have been conducted to ensure your time at home is warm and enjoyable. So, what can you do to ensure that your home is winter-ready? Here are a few tasks you should consider.
Have your furnace inspected
Heat is important during the winter period. Therefore, you must ensure that your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning) system runs safely and efficiently. You should consider hiring an HVAC professional to run checks on your furnace and ventilation to identify and fix any problems. They would also ensure that various components such as sensors are in working condition and replace dirty filters. Where needed, they would also safely install a new boiler to prevent any issues during the season.
Pipes should be insulated
Pipes that run along a wall or are in an unheated region are a potential threat (such as a crawl space or a basement). The water inside the pipe can freeze and burst if temperatures drop. Insulating the pipes is a simple yet effective approach to keeping your pipes and home secure. Fortunately, insulating your pipe can be done as a DIY project. You can purchase insulation products from your local hardware store and follow several reputable tutorials. However, be sure to hire a professional if you aren’t sure you’re up for the task.
If the gutters are clogged with leaves, snow collected may create a big, frozen mass that can cause harm to your roof and create risks of water leakage and water damage. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your gutters are clean during winter. You can do so by climbing up a secure ladder. Again, you can hire the professional services of a handyman.
Keep your door locks from freezing up
Spray a little powdered-graphite lubricant into each door lock (where the key goes), then turn the key in the lock if you’ve ever had this problem or live in a really cold area. The powder (available at hardware stores) prevents the pins within the lock from sticking by lubricating them. For your benefit, do this once a season.
Turn your sprinklers off
Drain water from your outdoor sprinkler system to prevent your pipes from swelling and cracking. You should consider hiring an irrigation contractor to blow the water away with compressed air. Be sure that the water supply has been turned off and the drain valves have been opened to allow enough water to be drained. You would include these tasks in your DIY projects if you are up to it.
Your home is the perfect place to spend winter in. However, without the right measures, what should be a place of warmth and comfort could easily turn into a nightmare. Fortunately, these tips would help you prevent that.