Your Quick Guide to Winter Home Maintenance

Has a year's worth of maintenance built up around your home and You don't know what to do about it? Check out this guide to winter home maintenance.

This year's winter is expected to be colder than previous years thanks to the return of the El Niño weather pattern

Along with preparing yourself mentally for a harsh winter, make sure your house is prepared too. There are general maintenance tasks you should complete during every season change, but the winter home maintenance tasks are especially important. 

Read on for our guide to winter home maintenance.

Service Your Furnace

The first item on your winter home maintenance checklist is to service your furnace. 

You can hire a company to perform this professional service. This is an annual task that keeps your home toasty warm and your furnace running smoothly. Remember to change the air filter in your furnace too. Air filters need to be replaced every three months for peak performance. 

Insulate Windows and Doors

The next step on your winter checklist is to inspect and insulate your windows and doors. Servicing your heater isn’t very helpful if you are losing the majority of your heat due to poor insulation. In fact, your heating bills can rise dramatically due to poor insulation.

Run your hand along the interior frames of your windows and doors. Can you feel cold air coming in? If so you need to improve your insulation. You can use a window insulation kit to keep the cold air out. For your door, get your weather stripping replaced to reduce issues with a drafty door.

Prepare Pipes for Freezing Temperatures

Your winter maintenance checklist should also include preparing your pipes for freezing weather. You don't want to be caught in the middle of a snowstorm without any running water. 

The first step it to disconnect garden hoses for the season. Then make sure to insulate any pipes that may be in your garage or near windows and doors with foam pipe insulation. If the water in these pipes freeze, it can cause your pipes to burst, leaving you with costly repairs. 

Stock up on Supplies

You'll need to stock up on winter supplies in case you get stranded by a snowstorm or it's just too cold to leave the house. 

The first step is to inventory your current supplies. While you are doing your inventory be sure to check expiration dates and you can discard anything that's expired or unusable. 

Here are a few winter essentials you should keep in stock:

  • Non-perishable food items

  • Bottled water

  • A well-stocked first aid kit

  • Scarves, hats, and gloves

  • De-icer or Ice Melt for your walk ways

  • Flashlight and fresh batteries

If doing all the home maintenance tasks and getting stocked up on supplies is intimidating, consider using a home management service like HeyThrivy. We can inventory your current supplies and shop for what you need to help you keep up with your home maintenance schedule.

Beyond Winter Home Maintenance 

Remember that this is just a quick guide to winter home maintenance. There are many other maintenance tasks you should consider to keep your house in tip-top shape. Looking for more info on winter home maintenance projects then check out this post 

We hope you can get outside and enjoy the winter season and be worry free about your household maintenance.

Danna Redmond