Doing an inspection of your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices are the best way to protect your home and your investment. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can help put a stop to the most common, and costly, problems before they occur.
• Replace the filter in your furnace.
• Have your system inspected by a professional every couple of years to ensure optimal performance
• Clean ducts in the heating system. Clean and vacuum dust from vents, baseboard heaters and cold air returns.
Ducts should be professionally cleaned about every three years.
Windows and Doors
• inspect and repair any loose or damaged window and door frames
• Install weather stripping or caulking around windows and doors to prevent drafts and lower heating bills.
• Ensure windows and skylights close tightly; repair or replace weatherstripping, as needed.
• Ensure all doors to the outside shut tightly, and check other doors for ease of use.
• Close interior valve to outdoor hose connection and drain the hose bib (exterior faucet), unless your house has frost-proof hose bibs.
• To prevent pipes freezing and bursting, ensure that the pipes, as well as the wall cavities where they reside, are well insulated
Clean The Gutters
• Remove all debris that can slow or impede the ability of the water to drain effectively from the roof. Trapped water can freeze then thaw, an action which could be destructive not only to the gutters themselves but to the roof as well.