Cold Weather Home Checklist

Keep your home and its occupants happy by following these tips during the cold weather months.

Heating and air conditioning check up

The difference between a heating and air system lasting 10 years or 20 years depends on how they’re maintained. Change your filters and get your system inspected by a reputable local HVAC contractor.

Protect exterior wood

The wood trim on the exterior of your home needs to be protected from the elements. For areas that are pressure-treated or rot-resistant species of wood, (like your deck, doors and windows) still can have a wood trim that is just a one-inch-thick pine board that deteriorates very quickly if not protected. Paint, seal and protect!

Check your drainage

Around your house there are several spots where water can potentially pool at your foundation. Wet or saturated soil around a foundation can create serious problems as it freezes and thaws throughout the winter months. We don’t have many days in the Carolina’s that go below freezing but this can still be an area that can turn into a financial burden if it’s not prevented.

Clean your gutters

It’s time to clean those gutters now that most of the leaves are off the trees. When your gutters back up, they overflow causing water to run down your home. This will significantly speed up the deterioration of your homes exterior.

Clean your chimney and order firewood

Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected before you start building those cozy fires in the next couple of months. Also, be sure to stack and cover that wood in a good location in the yard where you have ample space.

Test your detectors (Smoke & Carbon Monoxide)

Most fires occur during the cold weather months. Also, your home is most likely going to be closed up tight so carbon monoxide is a serious hazard. Check all detectors to make sure they are working and that they have good batteries.

Do an Energy audit

A professional energy audit will help you save money with your homes future. Whether this means improving appliances, window treatments, sealing, this is a great investment for your home.

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