Follow the Winter home maintenance tips to lower utility bills and protect the home.
- Schedule a HVAC tune up to ensure the system is working to the maximum efficiency, and clean or replace furnace filter.
- Set the heat no lower than 55 degrees and open doors to unoccupied rooms.
- Repair damaged roof shingles for as low as $95 according to CostHelper.com.
- Inspect and if needed seal chimney and vent stack flashing.
- Caulk around windows and doors.
- To prevent damage to roofing, siding, and wood trim clean the gutters.
- Divert water by adding extensions to downspouts.
- Disconnect exterior hoses, turn off the water, and drain the pipes to avoid pipes freezing and bursting.
- Drain the sprinkler system.
- Wait to prune trees and shrubs until late Winter just before Spring growth.
- Make sure the sump pump is working properly by pouring several gallons of water into the sump pit and testing that it turns on. The lifespan of a sump pump is around 10 years.
- Stock salt or ice melt.
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