Summers in Grand Traverse County may be mild, but the winters are long and fierce. Taking a bit of extra time to prepare your house before the onset of winter will ensure that your home will be cozy and warm, regardless of how cold it is outside. Here are some home maintenance suggestions to help smoothly transition to cold weather.
- Carefully examine the outside of your home, especially where electrical wires and pipes enter the house and along window frames. Seal cracks with caulk to keep your house warm. Check along the foundation to prevent leaking.
- Trees and bushes grow quickly during the summer, making autumn the ideal time to trim them. Remember to leave at least three feet between plantings and your house to keep them from dripping water onto the roof and siding, and prevent the home from being damaged during storms.
- Your roof should be professionally inspected annually. Starting the winter with a watertight roof is critical for protecting your furnace, plumbing and electrical wiring.
- Clean all of your spouts and gutters. After they are flushed, replace any damaged sections, then tighten the brackets to stabilize them before they are weighted down with snow and ice.
- Examine all storm windows and doors, as well as your garage doors. If there are leaks, repair any cracks or damaged seals to prevent drafts.
- Your furnace should be serviced annually prior to turning on the heat. Cleaning the ductwork is critical for lowering the debris in the air and preventing rodent or insect infestations. Replacing the filters, especially with high-grade HEPA filters, will remove allergens such as pollen and mold from the air. This step of fall home maintenance is especially important because keeping windows closed and turning on the heat often causes problems for people with dust and mold allergies.
Here at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, we’ve been keeping northern Michigan area homes warm and comfortable for over 30 years. If you have any questions about how to prepare your house for the winter, give us a call! We look forward to serving you and your family.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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