Although the winter weather has been holding off longer than usual this season, it’s always a good idea to prepare your home for colder temperatures. The extended period of milder temperatures offers the perfect opportunity to take care of inside tasks that will keep you warm, safe and cozy all winter long.
Clean upholstery and drapes
All of the pollen, dust and other allergens from spring, summer and fall accumulate in your upholstery and especially your drapes as they hang by open windows. Having your furniture and drapes professionally cleaned helps you breathe easier this winter and gives you a nice, clean home to stay cozy in.
Your carpets and rugs are going to take a lot of abuse this winter with tracked in wet, snow and salt so it’s a good time to give them a better defense with professional carpet cleaning that restores their beauty and preserves their durability through the seasons.
If your home has a chimney and you use the fireplace often in the cold weather, now is the time to get it inspected to make sure it’s free of any obstructions that can cause ventilation problems and present a fire hazard. Although it’s possible to clean smoke damage from a home, it’s a better idea to avoid it altogether with an inspection and cleaning.
Seal windows and doors
With the milder temperatures, you may not have felt the need to caulk and apply weather stripping around doors and windows, but eventually the cold will arrive and you’ll want to keep it outside. If you don’t have storm windows, consider using shrink-wrap window plastic that preserves your view while stopping drafts.
Furnace filter and inspection
Having a clean furnace filter is essential for proper function so change it now if you haven’t already. If it’s been a few years since you’ve had the system checked, consider doing so soon to avoid being without heat in the cold weather.
Clean air ducts
Along with ensuring your furnace is working, you might want to have your air ducts cleaned to prevent dust and allergens from recycling through your house.
Smoke/carbon monoxide detector batteries
Make sure your family is safe by changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Fresh batters ensure that you have early warning of possible danger.