By Tom Kalinski | At Home Colorado
The season for snowfall and freezing temperatures is here.
Whether you are a new or experienced homeowner, it’s time to prep your home and protect against unwelcome repairs. Follow these steps to winterize your home’s structural and mechanical systems, recommended by thespruce.com.
1) Your heating system is critical for winter. Follow these steps to ensure it runs properly:
- Replace the air filter following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- If your furnace uses propane or fuel, make sure the tank is full.
- Inspect and clean heating vents and clear obstacles to ensure air flow.
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks. Don’t let a potentially dangerous situation go undetected: leaks can be found with an inexpensive test badge or a battery-operated alarm, according to thespruce.com. Leaks often lurk in the furnace exhaust system or other fuel-burning appliance, such as a water heater. If you discover problems, call a professional to identify and correct the cause.
- Make sure exhaust vents are open and free of obstructions.