Winter Tips for Your Home

With winter right around the corner there are some steps you should take to get your house cold-weather ready.  Below are a few suggestions we have put together to help you out.

One of the best preventive maintenance tips we can give is to have a licensed technician come out and inspect your furnace to make sure everything is working properly.  This shouldn't cost too much, usually around one hundred dollars, and it could save your furnace from going out in the dead of winter.  The technician will make sure your unit is clean and working properly.

You may not have noticed but there is a small switch on your ceiling fan that controls the way the blades turn.  Once you turn your heat on you will want the fans going clockwise direction so that the warm air is pushed down from the ceiling since we all know that heat rises.

If you are able to get up on your roof it is a good idea to clean out your gutters and check on the condition of your roof.  During fall a buildup of leaves can accumulate in your gutters so it is a good idea to make sure they are cleared out.  If you spot a few loose shingles you can hire a handyman to check on them to make sure they don't leak during winter from melting snow.

If you have faucets outside that your used make sure they are turned off.  You will also want to drain your garden hoses and bring them inside so that they don't freeze and crack if left outside.

Many people rake their leaves and throw them out during the fall but did you know that if you mow them into small pieces they will decompose into the ground and nourish the grass over winter.

Do you like to use your fireplace during the winter?  If so, we recommend getting someone out to check your chimney before lighting your first fire.  You want to make sure they are all cleaned and in good condition.  This will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from going into your home.

Hopefully some of these tips will come in handy!

Contact The York Team with Century 21 Pride if you are thinking of selling your home this winter!