As winter approaches, cozying up indoors becomes even more desirable.  Taking care of some basic seasonal maintenance tasks can help you enjoy your home even during the cold weather months ahead. The last thing you want during the winter months is a furnace breakdown and a frozen home! This winter checklist will ensure you have a warm winter, despite the chill outside.

This time of year is especially busy, but take a little time each weekend and tackle a few of these chores to avoid costly repairs. They are mostly indoor tasks, and shouldn’t take up too much time.

  • Clothes dryer - check on vents and hoses for lint
  • HVAC - vacuum and dust, replace filter
  • Faucet aerator – clean
  • Door locks - lubricate
  • Garbage disposal  - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Range hood fan - check and clean
  • Stove & oven: clean
  • Fridge: vacuum behind & clean coils
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets, clean main water line shutoff valve exterior
  • Tile - seal the grout. (Do this every 6 months)
  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge.
  • Buy foam-cup covers for outdoor faucets - commonly sold at hardware stores and provide a cheap insurance policy that will help keep exposed pipes from freezing
  • Check attic for signs of moisture
  • Electric: clean circuit breakers
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: inspect, clean and test  (January is a good time to replace the batteries in all your detectors.)

Check these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.