Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

As the season finally starts to turn, we’re beginning to prepare ourselves for winter. It’s fun to think about family holidays, festive outings, and delicious food; but, don’t forget your house. Though California winters are relatively mild, you still need to prepare your home for winter.

Service Your Furnace Early

The days may still be warm, but our nights are getting colder and colder. To ensure your home stays cozy during the winter nights, it’s best to service your furnace as early as possible. Don’t wait for a problem, get it checked now! Scheduling service for your furnace is the best way to ensure it lasts the season, and helps you identify any small repairs that need to be made.

Check Your Fireplace and Order Firewood

If you have a fireplace, one of the best things you can do to prepare your home for winter is to get it checked. Your fireplace is a great source of heat, but it can also be a huge safety hazard. If left without maintenance, you run the risk of chimney fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clean the Gutters

Winter in California means rain. We know rainfall has dipped in the past few years, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for it. An important part of preparing your home for winter is cleaning out your roof’s gutters. Backup made of leaves and other debris can cause overflow which could damage your roof, siding, and windows.

Check Your Roof

Along with cleaning your gutters, an important part of preparing your home for winter is checking the roof. A simple look over should suffice. You’re checking for visible holes, loose tiles, or anything else that could cause concern. Also, it’s important to check the sealing around any vents or skylights. Summer sun can waken rubber and caulk, so it’s crucial to guarantee these openings are watertight.

Replace Your Air Filter

When was the last time you replaced your air filter? If you can’t answer the question, it’s time to change out your air filter. As the furnace heats your indoor air, the filter purifies it. If your filter is dirty or worn out, you could be breathing polluted air, or making your HVAC system work harder than it must. To properly prepare your home for winter, don’t forget to replace your air filter.

Check Your Water Heater

Cold showers are never fun, but they’re worse during winter. Make sure your water always stays warm and have your water heater inspected. During an inspection, check for any leaks in the drip pan and clean the air intake screen. Also, it would be a good idea to flush your water heater’s tank.

Call Moore Home Services

Think you may have any problems preparing your home for winter? We’re here. Technicians with Moore Home Services are on standby and waiting for your call. We are a Diamond Certified HVAC and plumbing provider, proudly serving our North Bay and Santa Rosa communities. If you want to schedule service for your furnace, drain, or hot water heater, click here to fill out an appointment form. Or, call our friendly customer service representatives. We can’t wait to help you.