Winter is Coming: Five Projects to Get Started On Now Part 1

Autumn and winter remodeling projects can't wait. If you are seeing some trouble areas around your home, you should take advantage of your free time this summer to make some repairs and save yourself hefty payments later this fall. It's even better relaxing in a home that you know is weatherproof and maintained, ready for what wild winter brings. If you have a list of projects to do, check to see if some of these unique autumn and winter projects are on the list as well. They can save you a lot of money and hassle later on down the road.

1. Furnace and Fireplace


Your HVAC system can go through some serious struggles in harsh summer and winter months. You should get an HVAC professional out to check if you have any problems and to clean out your ducts. You also want to purchase furnace filters and change these each month. In addition, you should have a screen or cap on your fireplace to keep out animals and other pests. You should also get your chimney cleaned out before autumn and keep the cap on to prevent any new debris from getting into your fireplace. Storing firewood around August would be a great way to save money and keep your home ready for winter.

2. Checking Your Exteriors


You need to be wary of any air leaks that have hatched over the months. Look for exposed areas around windows and entry points, using caulk to seal these if possible. You can also use weather-stripping around these areas to prevent cold air from getting into your home. If you have cracked glass, replace the entire window. You can also add plastic shields onto your basement's windows if you need.

3. Roof and Gutter Inspections


Your roof and gutters should be inspected each month to check for debris and flooding. It's important to notice if there's anything clogging your downspouts and just to make sure that any leaks are being prevented. If you notice some damage to your roof, you may need a partial or full replacement before winter time rolls around.

4. Plumbing Prevention


Plumbing freezes are the worst and usually one of the things that people forget about during the hot months of summer. Still, you won't forgive yourself when the water's gone. You should look for your water main and know where it is in order to shut it off in case of an emergency. Right before the cold approaches, drain out your garden hoses and insulate exposed plumbing pipes. You should also drain the air condition pipes and if your AC does include a water shut-off valve, make sure it's turned to off.

5. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors


These helpful household gadgets can save your life. Fire and carbon monoxide are one of the tragedies of any winter. You should have a smoke detector in every room of your home, but you should also have smoke detector batteries and change whenever daylight savings ends. You can also install carbon monoxide detectors around the room, particularly near the furnace and water heater. You should also buy a fire extinguisher just to be ready for any emergencies.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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