I hate to tell you, but it is going to be November by the end of the week. Halloween is expected to be a wet and sloppy day, followed by several more rainy days. The only bright spot is that on Sunday Daylight Savings Time ends, so we’ll get an extra hour for sleep in the morning. Either that or you can put it towards something more productive like preparing your home for the upcoming winter season. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Maybe not, but it certainly beats taking care of essential home maintenance projects in the icy cold.

Winter Prep For Your Home

Firewood storage

You won’t have to look far to find ways to keep warm in this house

    • Get in a load of firewood; If you have a wood burning fireplace, order a cord or two of wood now, so that you can have it stacked and ready when winter decides to hit us with its chilly blasts. Not only is it nice to be all cozy in front of a blazing fire, but it helps reduce your heating bills as well.
    • Caulk around your windows and doors; I can’t say it enough. Taking the time to caulk around leaky windows and doors really does save you money on your heating costs. It keeps the cold air out and the warm air in. It makes your home more comfortable, as well as reduces the amount of work that your furnace has to do to maintain an acceptable temperature in your house. A tube of caulking costs approximately $2 a tube. Isn’t that worth the investment?
    • Add weatherstripping where necessary; Like caulking, weatherstripping helps to keep the cold air outside and warm air in, where it belongs. Check to see what shape your weatherstripping is in and replace as needed.
    • A broken window pane is the equivalent of that window being left wide open for dollars to fly through the hole

      Inspect windows for cracks and broken panes; Now is the time to replace any damaged or broken windows as necessary. Caulking and weatherstripping only go so far. A broken window pane is the equivalent of leaving that window open, so replace any windows that are damaged. If the cost for new windows isn’t in the budget, put up storm windows and add window insulation film to minimize heat loss to your home.

    • Have your furnace cleaned and inspected; The worst day for your furnace to break down is on the coldest day of the year. Take the time to have someone inspect your furnace and ensure that it is in good working order for the winter season ahead. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure my friends.
    • Replace the batteries on your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; When the clocks fall back on Sunday, take the time to replace the batteries on your detectors. A working smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector saves lives. While you are at it, check on your fire extinguisher and get it charged as necessary.

Clean your chimney. Santa will certainly appreciate it.

  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected; If you are planning on having a fire or two in your wood stove this winter, have a professional come to inspect it before you light your first fire of the season. They can clean your flue of creosote buildup, to prevent any chimney fires from becoming a possibility. One less thing to worry about when it comes to the safety of your family.
  • Replace your old thermostat with a programmable one; With all the great incentive programs out there, if you haven’t replaced your old thermostat, why not?! You can set it so that the temperature of your home goes down when you are not at home or after you have gone to bed, and it automatically rises to a comfortable temperature when you return or arise in the morning. You can easily override most new thermostats, or set them to vacation mode if you will be away for an extended time period. The best part is that you don’t have to think about them and they save you money.

Don’t we all want to be more comfortable and SAVE more money? I think so. So why not tackle some of these basic home maintenance projects today!