Taking the following steps can help make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable during the winter months. Keep in mind that the specific measures you need to take may vary based on your location and the type of home you have, so always refer to your specific owner's manuals and guidelines for maintenance procedures.

Home Maintenance Checklist:

Heating System:

Schedule a professional to inspect and service your heating system

Replace furnace filters

Bleed air from radiators, if applicable

Fireplace and Chimney:

Have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned

Stock up on firewood if you use a wood-burning fireplace

Gutters and Downspouts:

Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and ice dam

Ensure that downspouts direct water away from the foundation

Roof Inspection:

Inspect the roof for damaged or missing shingles in need of replacing

Check for leaks and make necessary repairs

Pipes and Faucets:

Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing

Drain and disconnect hoses from outdoor faucets

Windows and Doors:

Check weatherstripping for leaks

Consider using heavy curtains or thermal blinds to provide additional insulation

Consider using draft stoppers to prevent heat loss

Yard Maintenance:

Trim trees and branches away from the house to prevent damage during winter storms

Fertilize and winterize the lawn

Programmable Thermostat:

Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature when you're away or sleeping to keep energy costs low

Reverse Ceiling Fans:

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans to circulate warm air downwards

Auto Maintenance Checklist:


Check tire tread depth and consider winter tires if you live in a snowy area

Ensure tires are properly inflated


Inspect the brake system and replace brake pads if necessary

Check brake fluid levels


Test the car battery and replace it if it's weak

Clean corrosion from battery terminals


Check and top off the antifreeze/coolant level

Consider a coolant flush if needed

Oil Change:

Change the oil and replace the oil filter

Use winter-grade oil if you live in a cold climate

Wipers and Washer Fluid:

Replace windshield wipers and ensure the washer fluid is suitable for winter conditions


Check all exterior lights, including headlights, brake lights, and turn signals

Exhaust System:

Inspect the exhaust system for leaks and damage

Heating and Defrosting Systems:

Test the heater and defroster to ensure they are working properly

Emergency Kit:

Keep an emergency kit in your car with items like a blanket, flashlight, jumper cables, and non-perishable snacks

It may seem as though there is a lot to do but it is worth the time when it comes to protecting your home, car, and family. Let us know if you have any questions or would like referrals if you’re interested in hiring a professional. You can reach us at the office at 720.335.6872 and we can answer any questions you may have!