As your home ages, you’ll need to do some preventative home maintenance to make sure that it stays in good condition. It saves you money in the long run since you won’t have to replace old equipment or pay for secondary damage they may have caused — such as old rusty pipes bursting and soaking wood floors or carpet. Home maintenance is even more important in autumn and winter since the cold temperatures and wet weather can make it difficult to do repairs. To prevent this, here are some easy home maintenance tips to help you prepare for the colder months:
Easy home maintenance tips to prepare for winter
Check the gutters
No matter the season, you still need to deal with rain and clutter around your gutters. If left alone, the gutter can clog, overflow, and break, which will also put strain on the roof. In addition to this, ice in the winter can cause thawing damage.
To clean the gutters, just firmly set your ladder against the house, then scoop the debris into a trash bag. Afterwards, flush the gutters with a hose. You may consider gutter guards, which are supposed to prevent debris from entering the gutter. However, they can’t stop smaller debris like twigs and pine needles from slipping through, and these can cause moss and algae growth if left in the gutters.
Freezing temperatures are a problem for exposed pipes. This is because water expands when it freezes, which can cause the pipes to burst, leading to structural damage. To prevent this from happening, you should insulate your pipes, particularly those in the unheated parts of your house and any you have in the garden.
Before insulating your pipes, clean and dry them so the insulation sticks better. The two simplest ways to insulate pipes are the pipe-wrap insulation, for small lengths of pipe, and foam pipe sleeves, for longer runs of straight pipe.
Prepare your heaters
Heaters are important in the cold months, and you want to make sure yours is in good condition before the first snowstorm hits.
For one, dust all your vents and registers before using the heater. Check that there’s nothing to obstruct the airflow as well to prevent extra build-up in the air. Clear the area around your heater to give it space to breathe. After preparing your heater, test it to make sure it’s working properly. If you encounter any problems, it’s best to schedule a professional inspection.
If you have radiators, it’s a good idea to bleed them before winter starts in order to make them as efficient as possible. Find out how to bleed radiators here or watch the video below…
Do some air conditioner maintenance
You may be focused on making sure your heater is running well, but the transition from hot to cold months can be hard on A/C. However, cleaning your air conditioner can help ensure that your unit will be ready to start and run properly when the hotter months hit. If you have one, your air conditioner should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year, and the transition between summer and autumn is a perfect time to do so. This is because dust and debris has built up in the air filter and other parts of A/C throughout the summer.
The process of cleaning your unit is quite straightforward. Remove the air filter and clean that, then continue to the rest of the individual parts. Once everything has dried properly, reinstall them. However, do careful research first before starting your cleaning.
Cold air can leak through windows and doors. This can make your heater work harder, leading to considerable heat loss, which will quickly raise your electric bill.
You can insulate your home by adding weatherstripping to gaps in the windows and doors. Also look for other sources of draughts, such as floorboards and pipework, and cover the gaps with draught excluders. Good home insulation also means that your A/C doesn’t work itself too hard in the summer months.
Home maintenance may be an extra chore, but it reduces your worries and increases comfort by keeping everything in good condition.
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This guest post was penned exclusively for Synsera Homes by Jaycelynn Brent Jaycelynn is a part-time freelance writer and full-time baker. As a little girl, Jaycelynn fell in love with making pastries, with pies as her favorite thing to whip up. She believes that the way to someone’s heart is actually their sweet tooth!