GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Little things can make a big difference and that’s what winterizing your home NOW means. Most of these projects are doable for you; but even if you decide to hire a professional, it’s money well spent.
Here’s the checklist at a glance.
- Is your mind in the gutters? Good, because now is the perfect time to inspect and clean cutters and downspouts.
- Don’t want to keep your coat buttoned up? Then now is the time to do an air test and seal gaps and cracks in doors and windows with caulk and weather-stripping.
- Get on top of the problems. Your ROOF that is. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents. (This might be a good time to hire that professional!)
- Talk the talk and walk the walk. Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways and steps. In some cities, sidewalk repair is always the homeowner’s responsibility.
- Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
- Fresh filters. Not for your coffee! Cleaning or replacing dirty furnace filters not only enhances indoor air quality, it can increase the efficiency of your HVAC by 5-15%.
- Get physical… With your heating system and again, money well spent to have a professional inspect your heating system.
- Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
- Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation and a comfy home this winter.
- Keep the wood fires burning brightly? Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
- Safety begins a home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. That includes Smoke and CO detectors, fire extinguishers, fire escape plans and a general clean up round out the list.