Checklist for winterizing your homeHave you been thinking about everything you need to do in order to winterize your home? If so, it’s likely that you’re feeling overwhelmed about where to start. Don’t worry, however. If you simply follow the steps outlined below, then you’ll soon have the job done and you’ll know everything is safe for the coming cold weather.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the best time to prepare is during the last few days of fall. It’s always best to start before the weather becomes colder. That’s the best time to take a good look at furnace maintenance, heating systems and other important areas around the home.

Winterize Your Heating System

The most important part of your home during the winter is arguably the heating system. There’s nothing worse than forgetting to go down the following heating system checklist and then running into problems in the dead of winter. Here are the items to check:

The first thing to do is a full system check. Turn the thermostat all the way up to 80 degrees. You’ll hear the furnace start and you want to check whether warm air begins flowing. Bring the thermostat back down to normal if everything is working well.

You might need to call in a furnace maintenance expert if you find any problems. We have qualified furnace maintenance technicians available and will happily help you diagnose the problem for you.

By the way, this is a good time to consider installing a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat will save you money long-term because it makes sure that your home’s temperature is not affected by the whims of family members.

Here are other important heating system checks to make:

Check Your Air Conditioning System

It’s vital that you conduct the following checks on the condensing unit outside:

Winterize Your Water Pipes

It’s important that you take precautions against freezing pipes. A pipe that bursts due to freezing is one of the most expensive repair jobs you’ll ever encounter. Both drain pipes and water supply pipes need to be checked during this process.

Are you leaving a property for the winter? If so, make sure you should shut off the water supply so you avoid any damage from leaks.

Seal Your Windows & Doors

Sealing any air leaks around windows and doors helps to reduce your heating bills. Here is what to do with your doors:

Do the following work around your windows:

Check Your Roof

Take all safety precautions if you decide to climb up onto your roof. Hire someone to do this work for you if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.

Inspect Your Fireplace, Chimney & Flue

Perform Insulation Work

Don’t rush through any needed insulation work. That isn’t a job to do quickly right before the onset of winter. It needs to be done during the summer months and done correctly and carefully. Here are some simple insulation issues you can do as you winterize your home:

Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Don’t wait any longer than October to get this type of work done. If possible, have your lawn service professionals come by to drain out your irrigation system. You can easily do it yourself if you don’t use a lawn service. Here’s what you do:

Get Your Yard & Landscaping Winterized

Follow the tips above step-by-step and you’ll soon feel ready for winter.

Call Air Services Unlimited today to find out how we can help you with your heating system maintenance. Contact us now.