How To Get Your Home Ready For Winter: A Heating Checklist

Have you started preparing your home for the winter weather?

If you have, great! If you haven’t — what are you waiting for?

To help prepare your home (and keep it warm) for the entirety of the winter, make sure you check each item off of this list so you don’t go to bed shivering each and every night!

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Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

  • 1) Service and Repairs - The most important piece of your fall maintenance in order to prepare for winter is to have your heating system serviced by a professional. The last thing you want is for your heating system to break down in the middle of winter when temperatures are at their coldest (this is usually when most heating systems decide to break down). Having a professional inspect and service your heating system now will allow them to ensure it is functioning properly and repair any parts that could be preventing that.
  • 2) Change Air Filters - Once your heating system has been serviced and is ready to go, you want to replace the old air filters. Air filters remove dust and other particles from the air to help improve your home’s indoor air quality. These filters should be changed out roughly once per month or at least every other month. For those that rely on furnaces to heat their home, don’t forget to also change out the furnace filters as well.​​​​​​​
  • 3) Add Weatherstripping - Now that your heating system has been fully addressed, it’s time to focus on keeping the warm air your heating system is creating inside of the house. Look to your windows and doors and see if they might be contributing to any air leaks. If you notice a cool draft coming from any window or door frames, you may need to add weatherstripping to help keep the warm air from escaping your home. For maximum energy and heat savings, add weatherstripping to all window and door frames just to be sure.​​​​​​​
  • 4) Address the Exterior - Grab your coat and head outside of your house so you can get a good look at your home’s exterior — especially the siding. If there are any cracks, gaps, or holes in the exterior of your home, you’re going to want to repair this damage ASAP. Siding is meant to protect your home from the elements, including its job of insulating your home from the extreme outdoor temperatures. Without properly sealed siding, your home can experience heat loss and increased energy bills.​​​​​​​
  • 5) Inspect the Insulation - The insulation within the walls and in the attic of your home are important in keeping warm air in your home during the winter (and keeping warm air out of your home in the summer). It is possible that when your home was built (or remodeled last) that the previous level of insulation worked — but now it does not. Have a professional come and inspect the amount of insulation in your home to see if your home needs more or one of a higher quality. The best part of added insulation is that homeowners will recoup over 100 percent of the costs when looking to sell their home, as adding insulation adds immense value to the house.

Getting your home ready for winter is an easy process — as long as you follow this simple checklist each and every year!

When you need a professional HVAC technician to help service your home’s heating system, know that Fox & Sons is ready for your call! Our goal is to keep you and your family warm this winter with the peace of mind in knowing your heating system is healthy and reliable!