How to prepare your home for winter

If you are a homeowner and have all appliances Omaha will need for the seasons, you know how important it is to make sure your home is ready for all of the seasons. During the summer, you should be sure that your air conditioning unit is serviced and ready to go. Doing this before it actually begins to get hot is a great way to be sure that you won’t have any problems keeping your home cool once the weather heats up. You may have problems that you need to tend to from the previous year that you weren’t even aware of. 

This is also the case when fall hits, except you won’t be preparing your air conditioning unit, but your heat and probably your plumbing, too. Maintenance and preparing your home for fall is very similar to preparing for winter because you want to prepare for the colder weather. 

All appliances Omaha needs for the changing weather can sometimes make it difficult to know exactly what you should be doing to be sure that your home is ready and will withstand the cold and snow. The best way to go about preparing is using a checklist to be sure that you don’t miss anything and you are as thorough as possible. In order to help out your homeowners, we have compiled a list of a few things you should be doing in order to prepare your home for winter! 

Check your heating

We already touched on this and it seems to be a bit of a no-brainer, but since the weather will be getting colder, you want to be sure that it is serviced and working properly. These systems typically last about 12 to 15 years, so if you are getting close to that time frame, it is extra important to maintain them. At the minimum, take the time to change your filter.

Seal exterior wood

Though you don’t really need to worry about the wood on your deck or porch because it is likely treated and made with rot-resistant wood, you should be extra sure that the wood around your exterior doors and windows are taken care of. Replacing trim is a huge cost and typically doesn’t end up looking as good as the initial trim, so you want to be sure you are protecting it from the elements. Before snow happens, you should go around your home and make sure all the caulk looks good and the paint is not chipping or flaking away. If any of it is, be sure to scrape away the caulking or paint and apply a fresh layer. 


An important part of making sure your home is ready for the winter months is making sure that your roof is in good condition. Once the first snow begins to melt, you may find that your roof has a leak. If you inspect it beforehand, you can prevent potential water damage from leaks. The best way to do this is to go around and look for cracked caulk or rust spots, shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering, missing or broken shingles or cracked rubber around your vent pipes. If you spot any issues, contact a roof inspector. 


Lastly, you want to be sure that any outdoor plumbing you have is drained. This includes outdoor faucets, garden houses and in-ground sprinkler systems. You should also look through your indoor plumbing pipes to try to spot any that may potentially be a problem. This means ones that are prone to freezing. In order to prepare for the worst, be sure that you know how to turn the water off at the source in case of a problem. 

If you need help with all appliances Omaha has to offer or have any questions on how to service and prepare your home for winter, give us a call today and we can help you through the process and give you tips to ensure you are super prepared for the colder months!

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