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Home Maintenance Tips for the Winter

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Every year when winter rolls around, we know that there are a number of things that we need to do in order to prepare our homes for the long cold stretch. Without doing any maintenance, we can see our homes falling into disrepair, leaving us with a costly repair bill come spring.

 

In order to avoid any unnecessary costs, we’ve put together a guide to help you prepare your home for winter.

1. Make sure your heating system is ready

The long, cold winter months can put incredible strain on your heating system, so it’s absolutely necessary to be sure that it is in good working order before the freezing temperatures hit. Depending on the type of system you have, your maintenance will include things like clearing out pipes, or cleaning boiler systems. Air filters need to be changed, and you can easily find any size that you could need. Making sure your heating system is clean and functional means that you won’t suffer from a breakdown when the temperatures outside are below freezing.

2. Clean out your chimney

If a roaring open fire is your idea of a cozy way to spend your winter, then you need to make sure your fireplace is ready. You should start by having your chimney professionally cleaned, as this will ensure you don’t have any nasty blockages in the colder months. You should also check that there is no loose debris or any cracks, and have any bird nests cleared out. All of these things could be a fire hazard, so it’s best to get it all sorted out before it becomes a problem.

3. Check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors

When your heating system is being put to good use, you’re going to find that leaks and other mishaps can cause carbon monoxide to silently invade your home. Carbon monoxide is extremely poisonous and can kill you without you even realizing it, which means that you’ll never know it’s happening. Carbon monoxide detectors will alarm you when the concentration reaches a threshold level, so that you can evacuate your family safely. Don’t put this off; the consequences could be a sire.

4. Prevent your pipes from freezing

A common problem in the cold winter months is that pipes tend to burst if they are not cared for very well. The reason this happens is because the water inside them freezes, and as it does so, it expands. As the water has no where else to go, the pipes swell and eventually burst, which means your house will become flooded. The best way to prevent this is to insulate pipes where they run through unheated parts of your house. Your thermostat should be set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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