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Getting ready for summer weather in the Upper Valley is as simple as getting your t-shirt and swim trunks out and heading to the lake. How about the winter weather? Your home needs preparation as well for winter as it does for summer. We are blessed in New Hampshire to enjoy four seasons of weather. Here are some tips to help you get your home ready for the winter season.
Air Conditioning Serviced
Depending on what you have for an air conditioner in your home, you may or may not want to have it serviced. For homes that have central air conditioning or a wall-air conditioning unit, you will want to get that serviced before you shut it down for the winter. Many cooling systems today run as a heating and cooling system. Make sure you get that serviced before the snow falls, the last thing you want is to have your heating/cooling unit breakdown during the winter on a cold day.
If you have a window unit, make sure you change out the filters before tucking it away in a box in the cellar. If you have had your air conditioner for 3-5 years, consider changing it out entirely as the newer units are more efficient.
Windows and Screens
Take off the storm windows and screens and wipe all your windows down before the first frost. During the winter you’ll spend 80% of your time indoors, and the last thing you want to see is a dirty window. Check your screens for damage and repair any holes.
Air Duct Cleaning
Your air conditioning unit is going to work hard for you during the summer months, what about your heating unit? During the winter your forced hot air heating unit will work hard and cleaning those ducts out now will help keep you healthy and reduce your heating costs.
During the offseason dust will build up in your ducts and can restrict air flow through your home. That dust that is sitting there will also be forced out into the rooms in your house causing allergens to float through the air too. This time of year to have your heating duct system cleaned and serviced for the upcoming heating season. These vents can also get clogged over time and become a fire hazard.
Clean Your Carpets
During the winter months, the indoor air quality can affect you significantly. Another part of your home that you should clean is your carpets. Over the summer and fall, you have tracked dirt, dust, and other allergens. Fall is a good time of year to hire in your local Upper Valley Carpet Cleaning company to steam clean your carpets which helps the indoor air quality in your home and office.