It’s Already Time to Start Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

a house covered in snowThe leaves have started to fall, beach days and parades have come and gone, and festival season is upon us. Go to any store and browse the aisles, you’ll likely see Halloween and Christmas decor already filling the shelves. Winter is upon us.

The change of seasons doesn’t just mean pumpkin spice coffee and plaid. It also means you’ll have to get your home ready for the impending cold season.

Here are some things you’ll want to do to get your home ready for winter.

Furnace Maintenance

The cold weather brings with it a need to kick on the furnace to heat your home. Don’t wait until the very first cold day to see if your home heating system is up and running. Check to ensure you’re heating oil or gas is filled and schedule your yearly cleaning and maintenance. It’s great to get this service done for your furnace while the season is still slow because you won’t be waiting long for an appointment and you might catch an issue before it’s too cold to wait it out. Furnace maintenance it to key to getting your home ready to warm efficiently during the winter.

Air Duct Cleaning

After spring and summer, HVAC ducts can become lined with pollen and other outdoor contaminants. With heat running twenty-four hours a day, those contaminants can reduce the air quality in your home. Make sure you can breathe freely throughout the coming winter by having your air ducts cleaned.

Dryer Vent Cleaning

As we’ve written about before, clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of fires in the country. It’s always a good time to have your dryer vents cleaned, getting your home ready for winter can be a great excuse.

Outdoor Power Tools

Summertimes usually keep your lawn mower in constant use. But storing it away for winter takes some skill, otherwise you won’t be able to turn it on come next season. Winterize your lawnmower by either removing any remaining gasoline from the tank or if being stored in a shed or garage, topping off the tank and adding a fuel stabilizer.

Likewise, Connecticut has been home to some of the largest snowstorms in past winters. If you own a snow blower you should test it now and ensure it can easily start up so that one morning when you wake up to over twelve inches of snow outside your door you can quickly get started clearing and path instead of being stuck shoveling it and breaking your back.

Windows

In the summer most of us keep our windows open to let in fresh air, but in the winter you not only keep them closed, you should also think about getting storm windows instead of screens to keep cold out and reduce energy usage.

Gutters

You’ll want to clean your gutters especially if you have lots of leaves and debris already piling up. These can clog the downspouts and cause trapped water to rot wood and cause other damage to the roof. If your gutters are in bad shape, consider having them replaced.

Contact Preferred Hood & Duct, Inc.for more information about dryer vent cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, and more!