Winter maintenance tips
Keep the chill out and safely enjoy the season.
Winter means rosy cheeks, but it also means harsh weather and frigid temperatures. Make sure you’re prepared for the snow and sleet by following the winter maintenance tips below.
- Check your outlets and all electrical holiday decorations for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose connections. Do not overload the outlets, extension cords or surge protectors.
- Check and clean your heating system to make sure it is in good working condition for the winter months. This is generally a job best performed by a professional.
- Keep adequate fuel reserves on h and because fuel carriers might not be able to refuel for several days during severe weather.
- Close off and lower the temperature in rooms that are not in use. Make sure there is sufficient heat to prevent the freezing of water pipes.
- Insulate pipes that pass through unheated areas. Your home’s crawlspace and attic are two such areas.
- Clean or replace your furnace filter before the heating season begins.
- Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. This prevents lint from accumulating and reduces the risk of fire.
- Service snow removal equipment, and keep ice melting compound on h and to melt ice on walkways.
- Set the heat in your home no lower than 55 degrees.
- Remove screens from windows, and install storm windows.
- Protect your roof against heavy snow and ice loads. Keep gutters clean and roof drains open.
- Inspect washing machine hoses periodically, and replace hoses that show signs of wear or leakage.