Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

by HSA Home Warranty

As winter approaches, cozying up to home and hearth becomes even more desirable.  Taking care of some basic seasonal maintenance tasks can help you enjoy your home more even during the cold weather months ahead.  Here’s a winter home maintenance checklist to remind you about some important tasks that may need your attention this time of year.

  • Make sure your heating system is ready to go by changing the filters and having units professionally inspected and maintained for the season.  Consider installing programmable thermostats which can help lower heating costs by maintaining comfort.  Programmable thermostats let you control temperature settings to suit your family’s schedule and preferences.  Some can even be controlled via smartphones.  According to the Energystar.gov website, the average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, and nearly half of that goes to heating and cooling costs.  Homeowners can save about $180 a year by properly setting and maintaining those settings on programmable thermostats.
  • To help keep warm air inside and cold air outside, check caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors for cracks and deterioration that could be causing air leaks.  Take measures to seal any leaks you find, which will help save energy costs and make your home more comfortable.
  • If you have a fireplace, have your chimney inspected and cleaned for fire safety.  The Chimney Safety Institute of American recommends annual inspections performed by a certified chimney sweep.  Stack firewood off the ground and away from exterior structure walls to discourage pest infestations.
  • Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are operable and have fresh batteries.
  • Clean fallen leaves and debris from gutters.  If gutters are obstructed and don’t flow properly, water backs up and causes leaks.

For the full list visit HSA Home Warranty’s website here.