How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

With the dog days of summer officially behind us, it’s time to start getting your home ready for fall and the colder weather that follows it, especially from December – February. Just for the record, the average low temperatures for those three months are 37, 35, and 40 respectively.

So, you can shudder in anticipation, think about shopping for a new fall wardrobe, and maybe even putting away the patio furniture – all worthwhile tasks. But there are a few others that will help your entire home and family more prepared for winter in the Dallas metro area, and we’d like to share them with you:

  1. Maintain Your Gutters and Downspouts

Leaves, branches, and other debris can clog your gutters, which can allow rain water to overflow and damage walls, erode landscaping, leaks through your foundation. Prevent a problem before it starts by cleaning and repairing your gutters early on in the season. Make sure gutters are clear and securely attached to your home and that downspouts are directing water away from your home.   Consider adding a layer of waterproof mesh over your gutters to keep leaves, debris, and critters out.

  1. Inspect and Repair Roof Shingles

Even the smallest roof problems can turn into major leaks and costly repairs as rain and wind pound away at your home. Visually inspect your roof for loose or missing shingles and cut back any overhanging tree branches for added protection and an extended lifespan for your roof.

  1. Call the Chimney Sweep

Whether you use it every night, or once a year, your fireplace should be inspected and cleaned annually. From cracks in the lining of the chimney to the dangers of carbon monoxide and a home fire, it’s one maintenance step that should be as automatic as changing the oil in your car.

  1. Seal the Gaps

Drafty windows and doors not only let cold air in, but will cause your furnace to work overtime, increasing your monthly energy bills in the process. Inspect windows and exterior doors and seal any gaps or cracks you find. Don’t forget to do the same around electrical outlets.

Here at Optimum Air, we can help with your fall and winter preparedness too with our heating system cleaning and inspection service. It’s the best way we know of to prevent repair problems, extend the lifespan of your system, and bring about significant reductions in your heating-related utility costs. Our annual heating preventative maintenance service also is a great way to make your home a safer living environment as we check for potential carbon monoxide and gas leaks while tightening all electrical connections to prevent electrical fires.

The best time to have preventative maintenance service performed? In the fall – as in, now – before the cold weather comes our way. Contact Optimum Air today to schedule service, and count on a job well done – just like always.