Prepare Your Home For The Coldest Days This Season

Prepare Your Home For The Coldest Days This Season

Prepare Your Home For The Coldest Days This Season

By Mark Spain Real Estate

Nothing feels quite as good as walking into a warm, cozy home after being out on a chilly January day. More often than not, the first few months of a year can bring the season’s coldest temperatures yet. Winter is in full swing, and if you have not already, it is important to know how to prepare your home for the next few months.

Mark Spain Real Estate has compiled the best ways to make sure your home withstands the lowest of temperatures this season. For more information on Mark Spain Real Estate, visit our website!

Prepare Your Home For The Coldest Days This Season

Check Your HVAC System

 Prepare Your Home For The Coldest Days This SeasonIf your home feels like it is not getting to the right temperature no matter the efforts you have taken, it is because warm air is escaping. 

To prepare your home for the cold, it is important to change your HVAC filters monthly, especially when the system is its most active during the winter. Routine maintenance to keep your filters clean will help the air quality while also keeping the system running at its best.

Keep furniture and large decorative items away from the vents where possible so that airflow is maximized and can make its way throughout an entire room. 

If your system is older than ten years, it may be time to invest in a new system. We recommend talking to a reliable HVAC professional to help you make an informed decision and review the costs of replacing your current system.

Prep Your Plumbing

Burst pipes are one of the most common issues that homeowners experience in the winter months, and the repair can be quite costly. Make sure that your plumbing is able to withstand the cold by keeping the pipes up to date and regularly checking for leaks.

In the winter, it is best to put away outdoor hoses and sprinklers. To best avoid any busted or broken pipes, drain your outdoor pipes and shut off any valves and faucets. However, it is wise to let the faucets in your home drip when it is near freezing temperatures so that the pipes don’t freeze over!

The sooner that these routine tasks are completed, the more protected your home will be during the coldest days!

Utilize Your Fireplace

Prepare Your Home For The Coldest Days This Season

While fireplaces are great decor year-round, the fall and winter months are the perfect time to give your fireplace a dual purpose. Since it is unlikely that you have used your fireplace in months, it is a good idea to make sure that it is safe to use and working well before you actually need to use it.

Check your fireplace and chimney for any damage to avoid permanent harm to your fireplace and home. Also, clean out your wood-burning fireplace so that there is not an excess of ash and charcoal – a potential danger and mess to your home.

These tips will ensure your home is kept warm throughout the cold winter and see to it that your home remains the cozy and inviting place that you know it to be all year-round. Mark Spain Real Estate is here to help you during any time of the year,  contact us today!