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Get Your Home Ready for Cold Weather
Maintenance Tips for Your Home
- Replace your furnace filter
- Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
- Check your electrical system
- Always have a multi-purpose fire extinguisher accessible.
- Make sure the light bulbs in all your fixtures are the correct wattage
- Review your fire escape plan with your family
- Consider installing a lightning protection system on your home
- Protect all your electrical appliances from power surges and lightning
- Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer
- Check for damage to your roof
- Run through a severe-weather drill with your family
- Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface
- Protect your home from sewer or drain back-up losses
- Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration
- Check your water heater
- Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
- Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
- Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
- Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Get your home ready for change in seasons.
- Clean gutters and ensure downspouts and yard drains can drain runoff freely. This can be done by running a hose into the gutter and watching how the water flows. Runoff should terminate at least five feet from the foundation of the home.
- Remove sticks and debris from the roof. Walk the roof to review it for any damage or potential repairs. Pay particular attention to cracks in masonry chimneys and around any roof jack penetrations. If you are unsure of these efforts, consider the use of a home inspector to perform the work.
- Review the exterior of the home to find gaps or cracks related to age or winter activity. Seal any gaps to prevent moisture intrusion into the home. It is important to understand that moisture intrusion is the greatest enemy of a home.
- Look at any tree branches or shrubbery that will potentially touch the roof or siding of the home. Trim any branches that will cause harm to the home. It is important to recognize that too much shade on a roof will harbor dampness within the shingles and cause premature failure. A roof should have adequate air movement and as much sunlight as possible.
- Check the functionality of the air conditioner after the outside temperature reaches 65F. It is a good idea to have the unit serviced early in the season if it does not produce cold air of about 58F. Change the furnace filters routinely. The evaporator coil within the furnace unit can become dirty and reduce the efficiency of the unit. This area is typically serviced by an HVAC professional.
- Consider rinsing the outside condenser unit to remove dirt and increase efficiency of the unit. This should be done by safely removing the disconnect spade near the unit and rinsing the unit from the inside-out. Once clean, reinstall the disconnect spade for operation. Ensure that the large refrigerant line is completely insulated to prevent cooling loss from the line. This line stays cold during air conditioner use.
- Caulk all driveway and sidewalk cracks with a self-leveling driveway caulk. Clean the expansion joints and caulk these, as well. This will prevent moisture intrusion under the slab which eventually causes the slab to crack. If you see settlement of the slab, look at any downspouts that may be nearby that could potentially allow water to get under the slab.
- Consider this time of year to add insulation to the attic. Current tax incentives are available to help offset the cost of this effort.
- These tips should help your home to become worry-free so you can enjoy other things this summer.
A few quick and simple spring touch ups can insure there won't be any problems at your house once the snow starts melting. Spring is often the best time to inspect your home for problems.
- Spring Maintenance Saves Money
- The bitter cold, driving wind and deep snow that generally comes with winter can take a toll on your home. Taking some time in the spring to check for broken seals, drainage problems or structural damage will keep your house in good shape and minimize any future repairs.
Keeping your home in good shape will also save you money in the long run. Save for Spring Home Repairs
Starting a home maintenance savings account can help alleviate some of the stress of home repairs in the spring. Set a little bit of money aside each month, even $50 will help, to offset some of the costs of fixing up the house when the weather warms up.
It's also a good idea to start a home maintenance check list to keep track of repairs that need to be done around the house. Organize the checklist by month and year if necessary and fix a little bit at a time starting with the most important projects.
Spring Home Tune-up Checklist
The Home and Garden Network offers a number of tips to follow to keep your home in good working order long after winter.
- Inspect siding and stucco: Check for any chipping that can leave it open to moisture and seal as required. Get rid of any white salt deposits left as water evaporates using a brush in warm, dry weather.
- Replace old or rotted siding or trim.
- Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house. Also consider installing gutter guards.
- Inspect the roof for any curled shingles that could lead to leaks.
- Inspect the chimney: A qualified home inspector can also do this for you.
- Check the attic: Look for vent blockages, damaged soffits, wet spots in the insulation or leaks. Also check for proper ventilation.
- Check the heating or air exchanger unit: Change filters and clean the air purifier. Consider having the air ducts professionally cleaned. Change the batteries on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Prune trees and shrubs and check for proper drainage.
- Inspect the concrete: Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete. Inspect the deck for rotting wood and insecure railings.
- Make windows and doors weatherproof.
- Check the sump pump to insure it is working properly. Install a battery-operated pump as a backup.
Sprucing up your home in the spring doesn't take a lot of time, but it can save a lot of time and money in the end. Since many large home repairs start out as small, minor issues, inspecting the house after a long winter can make the difference between a small problem and a major home emergency.
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If you didn't get a chance to use it in the past...
Tax credits brought back for 2013, but at a reduced amounts, up to $200.00 on windows, up to $500.00 on doors, and up to $500.00 on Honey comb shades. See store for details.