How To Prepare Your Massachusetts Home for Winter

As the weather continues to grow cold, the oncoming winter seems to already be upon us. You may be thinking about travel arrangements, gifts to buy and cards to write. But among all the activity, don’t neglect to prepare your house for the season as well.

Heating System
Obviously, the colder the weather gets, the more you will be using your heating system. Now is a good time to perform some basic maintenance to keep it running efficiently throughout winter.

  • Change your filter. This should be a regular occurrence for your heating and cooling systems. Check and replace your filter about every month. A dirty filter will cause undue stress on your heating system.
  • Schedule an annual tune-up. Before your heating system is thrust into further action, get an annual tune-up from a trusted professional. Regular maintenance will prolong the life of your heater and prevent costly repairs
  • Turn the temperature down. Take advantage of heat produced naturally and turn your thermostat down a few degrees before everyone comes over. The natural body heat will make up the difference and keep you warm without straining your heater.

The plumbing in your home is one of those things we all take for granted until something goes wrong. Avoid large plumbing problems this winter with a few tips.

  • Have your water heater inspected. This is especially important if you are having friends or family over this winter. The increased strain on your water heater will bring any underlying problems to the surface quickly.
  • Check the temperature setting on your water heater. You want to keep it no higher than 120 degrees. Higher temperatures waste energy heating the water to a temperature that will go unused. By lowering the temperature you can save your water heater unnecessary work.
  • Check for leaks or drips. Take a close at any exposed plumbing as well as your faucets for signs of water leakage. Catching leaks early makes a big difference in the cost to repair.

Whether or not you will be putting up any holiday lights this year, there are a few maintenance tips for your yard as well. The goal is to prevent any damage and keep the outside of your house in tip-top shape.

  • Keep your plants happy. Keep your flowers, bushes and shrubs healthy and warm this winter by applying a thin layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Also, watch local weather forecasts and cover plants before freezes.
  • Check for and repair broken or missing shingles. Make sure your roof is ready for the winter storms by inspecting for and replacing broken or missing shingles.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear your gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris. This will keep water from collecting on your roof and prevent wood rot and other damage to your home.

Use these quick and easy tips to help you better prepare your home for winter this year.

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