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Winter is around the corner. In the winter, you might need to employ some seasonal specific extra efforts to protect your home from the cold. Depending on your situation, you may have to take care of your heating system and fireplace, ensure that all the leaks are properly sealed, and further winterize your home.

Do you find it difficult to maintain your home in winter? Are you looking for some tips? If yes, then you will likely enjoy these following fall cleaning tips. They are all easy-to-follow and affordable. Moreover, these are very effective to protect your home from the unpredictable weather conditions that winter brings.

Check for air leaks

Make sure that the glass in your home’s windows is properly sealed against the window frame. Any leaks will allow air passage into your home. You need to check for the cracked or loose glazing as well and make these repairs before the winter if possible as well. In addition, ensure that all the doors and windows are in proper condition. If there is any draft, you can use weather stripping to reduce it. You need to seal all gaps and holes that can let in cold air.

Check your gutters and faucets

It is highly recommended to clean all of your home’s gutters including thorough removal of all debris and leaves from the pipeline to prevent any clogging as snow thaws. Also, don’t forget to drain your outdoor faucets to prevent your hoses from freezing and cracking.

Clean the chimney and fireplace

Preparing your fireplace in advance of winter is a great way to kick off the season.  Just give it a try, you will see for yourself. Consider having a professional clean your chimney if it’s been a while. Paying a professional is well worth the investment if your situation calls for it. And don’t forget to check the damper to ensure that it is properly sealed to prevent cold winter drafts.

Check your heating system

Check the heating system of your home to make sure that everything is in order. Clean the filters. You can also take the help of the professional for the annual check-up. If you have a maintenance plan with your furnace or HVAC system, schedule your appointments with technicians early to stay ahead of the rush and feel good knowing you’re ahead of the game this season.

Preparing for, and maintaining your home during the winter is easy if you remember to follow a handful of basics. For more information and valuable resources on preparing your home for winter, consider this article about winterizing your home.