Who said spring cleaning is the only time to show your house some tender love and care? Even in a mild climate, houses need special attention to be prepared for winter temperatures. Take a few moments to get your house ready for cooler days, and you’ll enjoy the winter more comfortably. Your home will also reward you with better efficiency and well-being, and fewer repairs and damage in the months ahead.
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In the spirit of taking care of your home 24/7, here are 24 outstanding tips to prep your home and property for winter:
- Clean and rinse gutters to prevent unsightly buildup and damaging clogs.
- Check your chimney and call in a chimney sweep necessary; it should at least be inspected before use.
- Detect air leaks around windows, walls, and floorboards. Handy tip: use a lit candle or incense stick to help find drafts.
- Add new weatherstripping to keep the warm in and the cold out.
- Exterior leaks can devastate your energy efficiency and put your property at risk. Look for cracks and seal with a caulking compounding.
- Reverse ceiling fan blades to push warm air downward in the colder months and reduce your heating needs.
- Check duct spaces for leaks to ensure your best energy efficiency.
- Swimming pools that will remain in use should at least be covered.
- If possible, use less pool chemicals and run the filter less frequently.
- If your swimming pool will be out of use, lower the water level to below the skimmer.
- Wash your windows to maximize the amount of winter sun shining through. This also helps give you the chance to check for cracks or leaks.
- Upgrade to double- or triple-paned windows to enjoy modern efficiency and a style update.
- Add blackout curtain liners or upgrade your curtains to increase efficiency.
- Test and replace smoke alarm batteries as part of your annual routine.
- Let more sun in for warmth by changing up your window treatments and trimming shade trees outside.
- Clearing bushes will keep the plants healthy and your yard clean.
- For your shrubs, consider bracing them with twine or boxing them in to protect them in cold weather.
- Find evergreen plants to add which will keep your landscape its greenest year-round.
- Grow plants indoors to help purify the air while you’re nestled inside.
- Look into whether your plants need major watering once more before winter.
- Septic tanks should be insulated—try laying down mulch around it or letting grass grow longer.
- Get your septic tank pumped and begin a fall routine of pumping it every few years.
- Look for uneven or damaged parts of your roof and have them fixed immediately.
- Inspect shingles for damage, warping, or missing shingles and repair.
Of course, being prepared for changing seasons is easier when your home is well-designed and features the newest technologies and appliances. We’re always looking for tips to enjoy SoCal homes to the fullest year-round, so let us know in the comments below if you have great advice to share with others!