Winter can have lots of different definitions so depending on where you are geographically located, some of these items may not be possible due to the weather conditions. For those of us in the Southwestern United States, having a nice 70 degree day can be fairly easy to find. Normally the winter seasonal reminders are more about making sure everything continues to work well through the stress and strain of the winter months more than anything. If you need details on what to look for or what to do, click on the link (if there is one) and it will take you to the post that was written on the subject and provide more detail.
- Heating/Cooling-Air Filters: Assuming you have a forced air system, change the filter as you enter the heavy heating months.
- Roofing-Looking For Leaks: Winter rain and snow can cause the most marginal leak to show up, If you can still get on your roof, give it a look.
- HVAC Indoor Unit: Besides the air filter, look at the general condition of the unit. If the unit uses natural gas look for a good strong flame. If you smell natural gas anywhere, address it immediately.
- Set Back Type Thermostat: If the battery is a year old, replace it.
- Winterize Plumbing: Wrap exposed pipes, fixtures and drain down the automatic sprinkler system.
- Surface Water Drainage: Culverts, waterways, landscape drainage systems should be cleared of debris and overgrowth that may have occurred.
- Windows and doors: Look at the edges where the windows and doors connect to the house. Ensure the caulk is in good shape and add caulk as necessary, indoors. (leave the outdoor caulking till Spring)
- Gutters and Downspouts: Clean you gutters of leaves and debris. Flush them with water to ensure they flow freely.
- Exterior Inspection: Walk around the house, look for those wasp/bird nest and remove them with a broom. At this time of year you will have little resistance from them.
- Electrical Service-Smoke Detectors: Clean your smoke detectors of cob webs and change the battery.
- Seasonal Power Outages: Winter storms can leave many without electricity and other essential services. Review these items for safety sake.
If you are needing some additional information on one of the topics that I have not written about, let me know and I will put it higher on the list of articles to write. Email to HomeownerBOB@gmail.com