Be Prepared for Everything – Winter Checklist for the Home

Be Prepared for Everything – Winter Checklist for the Home

Winter is one of the most unpredictable seasons of the year. So much can go wrong and if you’re not prepared, you can find yourself being seriously uncomfortable or worse – in actual danger. Don’t get caught unprepared this winter.

Winter Preparation Checklist

Use this winter checklist for the home to ensure you have everything you need to see you though the cold and to get your home ready for inclement weather.

Your Home’s Exterior

  • Trim tree branches away from your home and electrical service wires
  • Add dirt where necessary to ensure rain and snow melt drains away from the foundation
  • Aerate the lawn, reseed, and apply winter fertilizer
  • Remove attached hoses, drain them, and store them for winter
  • Turn off the water to exterior faucets
  • Inspect outdoor lighting
  • Clean the gutters and inspect downspouts
  • Inspect handrails and walkways
  • Check fuel supply if you have a propane or fuel oil furnace
  • Stock up on de-icing materials
  • Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles
  • Check the flashing at the chimney, walls, and skylights
  • Clean the leaves from your yard
  • Check and clean all exhaust vents and openings and make sure they’re covered to prevent birds or pests from getting in
  • Drain and winterize your sprinkler system, fountains, and swimming pool

Tools, Equipment and Machinery

  • Clean and store all gardening tools
  • Clean and store the lawnmower
  • Inspect the snowblower and prep it for use by changing the oil and sparkplug
  • Move the snow shovels to where they can be easily accessed

Items for Your Home’s Interior

  • Schedule an inspection of your HVAC system
  • Clean the chimney and test the flue system and damper
  • Install a new air filter on your HVAC system
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to make sure they work
  • Clean the whole house humidifier and replace the evaporator pad
  • Remove window air conditioners or winterize them
  • Reverse the fan blade rotation on your ceiling fans, so the blades rotate clockwise
  • Flush the water heater tank to remove sediment and check the pressure relief valve to make sure it works
  • Look for air leaks in the exposed ductwork and seal them with duct tape or mastic
  • Check windows and entry doors for drafts and install new weather-stripping or caulk where needed
  • Insulate exposed plumbing pipes and install an insulated blanket on your water heater
  • Insulate exterior wall outlets and switches using foam sealing gaskets

Items to Buy for the Home

  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlights and candles
  • Blankets and warm clothing
  • Bottled water (1 gallon of water per person per day with enough for four days)
  • First aid kit
  • Battery powered portable AM/FM radio
  • Cell phone
  • List of emergency contact phone numbers
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Pet food and additional water for pets
  • Four-day supply of medications
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, disposable cups and plastic utensils

Winter will be here before you know it, so don’t put off anything on this winter checklist for the home. The more you can get done before old man winter arrives, the better off you’ll be.

If your windows are a major cause of heat loss in your home, then maybe it’s time you considered having them replaced. Thompson Creek’s window experts can custom-manufacture Energy Star certified windows for your home that will help improve its energy efficiency and overall comfort level. For more information or to receive a free quote for your new window installation, contact Thompson Creek today!

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