Well, we have to face the reality here in Michigan that it is now COLD! So here are a few quick and easy maintenance chores around the home that could save you a lot of time and money later.
According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) suggest the following steps to prepare your home for the COLD Winter months ahead.
1) Have your furnace checked. Make sure the furnace filter is clean. Check the thermostat to be sure it is working properly and the pilot like functioning.
2) Have the heating ducts cleaned on an as-needed basis. If you think duct cleaning might be a good idea for your home, talk to a professional.
3) Check your chimney. If you haven't used your fireplace in a while it's a good idea to have it checked for animals, debris and leaves. Consider installing a screen over your chimney openings.
4) Clean your gutters and ridge vents. When gutters are clogged, rainwater backs up. If the temperature drops below freezing, the standing water freezes causing the cutters to expand and crack. The ridge vents need to be cleaned in order to allow the house to "Breath" correctly. Otherwise, air will stagnate and create an unhealthy environment.
5) Make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Check the batteries regularly. If your alarm detectors emit a light to signal they are working, make sure the light is on.
6) Check the caulking around your doors and windows. If the caulk is cracking and peeling away, it allows your home's heat to escape.
7) Insure that all doors and windows shut tightly and no cold air is coming in.
If you feel that you just don't have the time or expertise for your Winter Home Maintenance personally, by all means, please Hire a Professional.