Wednesday, December 2, 2020 / by Ryan Huemmer
December Home Maintenance Checklist
Prepare for snow removal and make sure your shovel and/or snow blower is in working condition. Store snowy-weather supplies near the door where you can access them easily in a storm. Also buy ice salt.
Update your emergency kit. Prepare yourself for power outages by making sure your house is outfitted with a well-stocked emergency kit. Things to consider: bottled water, a hand-crank radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, a solar cell phone charger, food, blankets and a first-aid kit.
Replace furnace air filter. The air filter on your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system needs to be replaced every 1-3 months to keep the air in your home clean and flowing freely. A high-quality air filter is the best choice to remove mold, pollen, and other microscopic particles from the air.
Make sure all of your outdoor lights are working for both safety and security. Also check your garage lighting too.
Organize your freezers. Freezer space is usually at a premium. Go through, organize and de-ice your freezer. You will be surprised what you find at the bottom of your freezer.
When water freezes, it expands and can cause your pipes to burst. To prevent frozen pipes, insulate pipes near windows, doors and in areas of the home that are unheated. Make sure to disconnect your garden hoses from the outside faucets.
Transition from your summer gear to your winter gear and take the time to dust and vacuum those spaces.
Snow, ice and mud can wreak havoc on your entryway floors. Place mats inside the door, along with boot trays inside the entryway. And make sure your mudroom is ready with a place for wet jackets, hats, mittens and gloves.