Give yourself the gift of peace of mind–Winter ready your facility
Winter means a lot of time spent inside, which means less time spent taking care of the outside of your building or house. Give yourself peace of mind by getting your home ready for winter now to avoid unnecessary worry when the cold weather hits.
Any deep cleaning you didn’t get done this past spring should be done now. Here are some tasks to tackle before the warmer days disappear:
- Turn over your mattresses and wash all your bedding; if the weather permits, hang it outside to dry.
- Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Gardening, yard work and barbecuing outside during the summer months brings dirt and debris inside. Having carpets cleaned regularly will help keep them from wearing out prematurely.
- Clean windows, both inside and out to ensure the most light and sunshine coming in your house during the dark, cold days of winter. Many windows installed in newer homes have protective UV coatings and should not be cleaned with ammonia. Instead, clean these windows with water then dry with microfiber cloths or have your windows professionally cleaned.
- Vacuum draperies, window treatments, baseboards and corners. You may want to hire a professional service to do these tasks and to clean your furniture upholstery as well to simplify your fall cleanup.
- Vacuum or clean out air conditioning and heating intake vents and dust the refrigerator and vacuum condenser coils.
Home Maintenance for Winter
- Maintain your furnace. You don’t want to be left in the cold inside. Change the filter and make sure your furnace is tuned up.
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace, check the flue and have it cleaned. Examine your chimney for damage and hire a service to repair it if necessary.
- Have your air ducts cleaned and cover your air conditioning unit to protect it from snow.
- Clean out your gutters. If these are not cleaned out at the beginning of the winter season, you run the risk of water and ice damaging your roof.
- Put away outdoor tables, chairs, grills, etc. Touch up paint on decks and railings to prevent further peeling.
- Turn off the outside water to prevent the pipes from bursting. Install insulating covers on water spigots and have sprinklers blown out.
- Although it is a bit early, another thing to consider doing this time of year is putting Christmas lights on your house while you can do it in fairly good weather.