Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete For a Happy Winter

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As a homeowner, there are certain things you can’t really prepare for. But something you can prepare for is winter weather. While freezing weather brings plenty of challenges for a homeowner, there are plenty of easy things one can do to make the season easier. The best time to do these preparations is before the harsh weather sets in. However, home maintenance is a constant task; a property owner’s job is never done!


Inspect Your Roof


Roof repairs are super pricey, so a quick inspection can help save you big bucks in the long run. Inspect your roof for broken tiles, cracks in shingles, and any structural damage that could lead to leaks. Get any flaws you catch fixed as soon as you spot them. Or, if you’re feeling handy, you can do it yourself.


Seal Windows and Doors


Your HVAC system works its hardest in the winter months, so don’t let it go to waste! Any gaps in windows or doors let warm air out while allowing the cold air outside to come in. This leads to sky high heating bills and is uncomfortable to boot. You can check for drafts by placing a lit candle next to your windows and doors and observe the flame. If it moves or is put out by air, you know you need to fill in the caulking. You can also check out door bottoms that fit snugly to the bottom of the wood and seal air inside.


Replace Air Filters


Another way to help out your HVAC system is replacing the filters for your air conditioner and heater. Over time, your filters become clogged with dust, dirt, hair, and allergens. Having a clogged filter in your HVAC system is like trying to breathe with a rag over your mouth– it makes the work that much more difficult. Changing them allows your heater to work more efficiently so your home stays comfortable. If your family has pets or allergies, you especially want to change the filters to keep everyone healthy.


Protect Pipes


Your pipes are most susceptible to damage in the winter. Freezing temperatures can lead to pipes bursting and serious issues with your overall plumbing system. To prevent this, insulate your pipes as well as areas of the house including the basement, garage, and attic. You also want to set your heater to 55 degrees Fahrenheit to help regulate the home’s temperature and prevent freezing. If the forecast says the temperature is dipping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, turn on your faucets just enough for a light drip. The movement– though small– keeps water from becoming stagnant and freezing.


Check Carbon Monoxide and Fire Detectors


Since we tend to spend more time at home during the winter months, you want to make sure it’s as safe as possible. The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning aren’t always noticeable, so installing detectors will ensure your family’s safety. Additionally, having enough fire detectors around during the cold weather is increasingly important. Place smoke detectors high on the wall along high traffic areas of the house like the kitchen and hallways. Check their batteries and replace with fresh ones where needed.



New Year, Less Junk


With the start of the new year still fresh in your mind, another home maintenance task you can complete is getting rid of the junk and clutter that have accumulated over the past year in your garage, attic, basement, and home. A pile of stuff makes the perfect place for a critter to set up shop when trying to take advantage of your home’s warmth, so removing it is a great form of pest control. If the clutter is too much for you to handle on your own, consider calling in a professional to remove and haul away unwanted items. While in your garage, consider cleaning out your car as well before the cold weather sets in. Check out some reviews of the best vacuums available for cleaning cars.




The winter months provide unique challenges for a homeowner. In order to prevent costly repairs, check your roof for cracks and broken tiles both in the autumn and throughout the winter season after large storms. To save money on heating and keep a more comfortable home, seal doors and windows and change air filters throughout the house. Protect your pipes with insulation and turn on faucets to drip during a freeze. Finally, protect your family with enough carbon monoxide and fire detectors and change batteries as needed.



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