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Rest Easy this Season when You Complete Your Winter Checklist

Rest Easy this Season when You Complete Your Winter Checklist

Winter can be a stressful time for some people, what with the cold weather, snow, ice, bad roads, and the extra time it takes to do anything outside.

For homeowners, winter doesn’t have to be a problem, and there are things you can do now to get your house ready for the coming season, and this checklist will help put your mind at ease.

Insulate Your Doors and Windows

Windows let light and fresh air into your house and doors let people in and out, but that’s not all that doors and windows let sneak by—they also let cold outside air in and warm interior air out. To prevent this (and keep your house warmer and your heating bills down), install weather stripping around your doors and windows, as well as any other access points, such as:

  • Mail slots
  • Gas lines
  • Electrical lines
  • Vents

And to stop drafts from coming in through old windows, cover the windows with heavy plastic sheeting if you want to get a similar effect that storm windows provide, but without the cost.

Plumbing tip: Another place where insulation is beneficial in winter is your waterlines because foam insulation sleeves will prevent them from freezing and bursting.

Check the Indoor Ventilation System

Your HVAC system serves you well in both summer and winter, and in return, there are a few simple maintenance tasks you can take care of to keep it in top shape.

For one, you should clean or replace the furnace filters every month at most to make sure the furnace works optimally and that the heated air in your house stays free of extra dirt and dust.

Moreover, you should also inspect the ducts before winter to make sure there are no holes. Leaks in the ductwork make the whole system less efficient, and also more expensive to operate.

Stock up on Salt (for the Walkway, not the Kitchen)

De-icing salt is a great way to keep your walkway, driveway, sidewalks, and plumbing system free of ice and snow, so it’s good to have on hand before the really blustery weather hits.

Next time you're out shopping or at the hardware store, just pick up a bag so you're prepared.

Check Vents Outside for Blockages

Here in Castle Rock, CO, we’re no strangers to snow and ice, and these winter delights can build up on the outside of the house, and on vents and air intakes in particular.

Some of the important vents you want to keep an eye on—and clear off when necessary—include dryer vents and exhaust vents from the bathrooms and kitchen, because if these are blocked then moisture can build up in the house and lead to mold growth.

Change the Batteries in Smoke and CO Detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors rely on batteries to function, and because of how important these devices are to your safety, you should change the batteries every year.

You should also test the devices monthly, and vacuum them regularly to keep them free of dirt, dust, and debris.

This basic winter checklist won’t take you too much time and won’t cost a lot of money, and in the end it will save you money, time, and headaches that could be caused by winter weather.

On top of that, you'll also have a warmer and more efficient house, and friends, family, and visitors will be safer thanks to your efforts.


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