Are you prepared for the cold weather?

The worst thing in the world is trying to prepare your home for the weather change when it is 20 degrees outside. Or worse, not having your sprinkler system purged or hose bibs leak before the freezing weather comes.

Here is a checklist of things to do for the various systems of your home, from roofing to plumbing.

Heating System: Turn the thermostat to heat mode and set it to 80 degrees just for testing. You should hear the furnace turn on and warm air should blow within a few minutes. If it’s running OK, turn the thermostat back to its normal setting. If there is a problem call a HVAC company to make repairs before the winter weather sets in.

Chimney and Fireplace: Check that the chimney is clear of any nests from birds, squirrels or other animals before you light a fire. Check the flue to make sure it opens and closes before you light a fire. Check chimney draft, if you have not lite a fire for a couple of years, you might want to contact a chimney sweep and have it cleaned and any debris removed.

Exterior Faucets: Known as hose bibbs , the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bibb. And remember to disconnect your garden hoses from the outside faucets and drain them if you store them outside.

Windows/Doors: Close your windows and feel for air leaks. Typically air leaks will be at the edges where the window is hinged, slides or meets another unit, such as between the two panels of a double hung window. Seal all the windows with sealant on the exterior of the house to insure no cold air leaks into your nice warm house. Check all weatherstripping on exterior doors, repair or replace any damaged weatherstripping.

Roof/Gutters : Check roof for missing or damaged shingles and have them replaced. Check flashing around chimneys and other roof projections which are often the source of leaks. Clean all gutters from leaves and debris. Wet leaves remaining in the gutters over winter add significant weight and volume to the gutter when frozen and increase the risk of damage.

Call a professional for all the above services. Daltex Contractors LLC can help with all your home services and remodel projects.