As temperatures cool throughout the Pacific Northwest, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about what things you’ll need to do to get your new home ready for winter. To help keep things simple, we’ve created this simple winter-ready checklist to help in preparing your home for the winter. Start early and avoid having to perform winter maintenance tasks after freezing temperatures have already hit!
- Ensure that Heat Is Ready to Go and A/C is Prepped for Hibernation
Homes’ heating and cooling systems are often overlooked, so make sure you take care of these ASAP. For cooling, now’s the time of year that you want to cover your condensing unit (if you have one) and give your condensing unit a good clean to get rid of any debris. If you have a window air conditioner, remove it, cover it, and store it for winter.
As for your heating system, do a test run to ensure that when cold temperatures hit, you’ll be prepared. If you haven’t changed the air filter in a while or done maintenance, call a professional or do it yourself.
- Prepare Pipes
The last thing that you want to have to deal with as a homeowner is an issue of frozen pipes. Not only will this put a hold on water – literally – it can also lead to burst pipes, which can cause a lot of damage. The best way to prevent against frozen pipes is to ensure that any exposed pipes are insulated.
- Make Sure Doors and Windows Are Doing Their Job
Your doors and windows should contribute to your comfort, not detract from it. Which is why you need to check for any drafts or openings that could cause cold air to enter (or pests!) or warm air to escape. You can typically check for this simply by placing your hand near the edge of a door or window and feeling for leaks. If you do notice something, update your weatherstripping. Doing so will help keep you more comfortable during the winter, and save money on heating costs, too.
- Winterize Your Sprinkler System, and Prepare Your Yard and Patio
Don’t forget about your sprinkler system, which you surely will not be needing in the middle of winter. To winterize the system, purge the lines of water (by blowing compressed air through them) and turn off water flow.
For your yard, it is recommended that you keep cutting your grass until freezing. From there, be sure to remove any leaves that have fallen, trim and prune back plants and trees, and cover any patio furniture.
Read this article to learn more about preparing your landscaping for winter.
- Protect the Roof Over Your Head
Even though you may be living in a new home does not mean that you should neglect your roof and just assume it’s fine. Instead, you’ll want to clean out your gutters, which will help the water and snow melt drain away from your home. Make sure your attic is insulated to prevent against ice dams on the room, and monitor your roof throughout the winter.
Winter is coming! Performing the tasks above will help you and your new home get through it in good shape. And if you are looking to build an affordable and beautiful home anywhere in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, or throughout the Northwest, don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.