We’ve been talking a lot the last few weeks about the changing seasons being the perfect time to make sure you’re ready for the colder weather.
This week, I’m sharing five home maintenance reminders to help you prep for cold weather.
Protect your roof, your gutters and your downspout from wear and tear by getting onto the roof and scooping out the debris before the storms come — or hiring a service to do so.
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Caulk the windows
A small tube of caulk can run you as little as $6, and it’s an easy way to make sure you’re sealing off any places that cool air could get in. Not only will you stay warmer, but your heater won’t overwork to keep up with a mysterious source of cold.
Wax your vehicles
Before your car starts battling the elements of rain, sleet, snow and exhaust from morning traffic, set it up for success with a good waxing. Your paint job will be protected longer and you’ll be a happier car owner for it.
Replace HVAC filters and service the system.
The dead of winter is not the time you want to learn that your heater isn’t up to snuff. Replace the filters early and call a professional to check that everything is geared up for its most important job of the year.
Swap your linens
Warmer bedsheets, as well as heavier or darker curtains, will keep the cold out and the temps down, which may save you a little bit on energy. But it will also keep you warm and mid-winter, that’s the main goal anyway.
Making sure your home is ready for the cold and wet months could save you a bundle on repairs and high energy bills. And using the changing seasons as a signal to get your house in order is a great way to remember the little things like changing your smoke detector batteries, too.
Kat’s Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, visit http://communityamerica.com.