If this is your first winter in a new place, there are some things you will want to look over before the onset of cold weather to make sure your house rides through the season with ease. The following tips will help you get your new place ready for a safe, cozy winter.
Check Windows and Seals
Check each window in your home to ensure the inner seal, if applicable, remains unbroken and that there are no gaps or warping that might let drafts in. Hardware and big box stores sell plastic window sheeting that can be affixed to nearly any window type to provide an additional barrier that keeps the cold out, and energy costs lower. If your house uses them, install your storm windows and doors now so you don’t suffer damage later.
Test Heating and Air Systems
The dead of winter is not the time to discover a flaw or weakness in your heating system. Make sure every component of your heating and air system is in excellent shape. If you have a furnace, now is the time to have it serviced and looked over by a Nebraska Heating & Air specialist to catch any potential problems that might leave you without heat this winter.
Replace Filters and Batteries
Fall and spring are both ideal times to go through battery and filter systems in your home. This is particularly true if this home is new to you. Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you have them, replace filters in your water filtration and furnace systems so everything has a fresh start for the upcoming season.
Examine the Exterior
Before snow leaves and winter grime comes to block your view, take the opportunity to walk around the exterior of your house to examine the siding and foundation for cracks or other damages that need to be repaired. These things are typically not done in the winter, so be proactive and get things fixed before the season begins.
With a few simple steps and some foresight, you can prepare your new home for a safe winter free from drafts and costly damages. Make this an annual routine and you can also prevent many large repairs that could be fixed in their earlier stages. Planning ahead for a safe home gives you peace of mind and comfort all season long.