The changing of the seasons is nothing new. Every year, we look out the window to see the leaves changing from green to red and gold, before eventually falling to the ground. Every year, flocks of geese and other birds fly south, and sure enough, glittering blankets of frost begin to appear on the grass in the morning. Yet, in spite of how routine and predicable these changes in the seasons are, it somehow feels like no one is ever really ready for it. Most people end up scrambling at the last minute to get ready for the cold. However, by getting your home ready for winter before the cold sets in, you will feel more prepared for the drop in temperature, even if you wish summer would last just a little longer.
Check Your Furnace
When getting your home ready for winter, you’ll probably want to start with your heating system. You might not always notice furnace issues in the summer months when the heat is turned down, so now is the time to have your furnace checked to ensure it’s working properly and your house is being heated adequately. Have a furnace specialist come in and inspect to make sure everything is in good condition. This is also a good time to change the furnace filter and schedule your next furnace cleaning.
Keep the Heat in
Once you’ve checked your furnace and are confident you have enough heat inside your home, it’s time to make sure that heat won’t escape. The next step in getting your home ready for winter is to check your windows and doors to make sure they aren’t letting the warmth out. Is it especially chilly near windows and doors? Are walls around them cold to the touch? Do you detect a noticeable temperature drop in rooms with large windows? If this is the case, you may need to have windows or doors repaired or replaced, or install a plastic sealing kit around windows to prevent heat escape.
Getting your home ready for the winter means preparing for winter messes too! The water, slush and mud that comes with winter can be a nightmare for your carpets. Be sure to have a protective mat in place for family and guests to remove their shoes before stepping onto the carpet. It’s also important to regularly check for moisture seepage on walls and floors, and especially in the basement where melting snow can drip in through cracks or windows. This moisture can damage carpets and cause mould growth if not remedied quickly.
Now that you’ve guarded your home against the cold, you’re ready for the low temperatures to set in. Getting your home ready for winter might not be your favorite way to spend the fall, but ultimately, it will save you time and stress and make winter a little easier. For help with carpet cleaning, get in touch with us here at Amsteam. We have solutions for protecting your carpets, and the equipment to clean them when winter finds its way in!