home maintenance tips for winter

Winter is right around the corner and so are the holidays! To save yourself some time and stress you should prep your home for the holidays and winter ahead of time! Prepping ahead of time means you’ll be ahead of schedule on your home’s maintenance needs and ensure that you are organized and ready to take on the next season. These are our top home maintenance tips for winter. 

Replace Your HVAC Filter

Check and replace those air conditioner filters. One of the easiest things you can do to prep for the winter season is to replace your air filters. With kids, family and guests coming and going during the holidays, your filters will most likely have to work a lot harder to keep your air clean. Be sure to check the size of your filter before going to purchase new ones, and then switch them out. We guarantee the air in your home will feel fresher in just a day or two!

Clean Your Window Treatments

Window treatments are an easy chore to forget about. But with people coming in out of your this summer and fall and not a lot of rain, the dirt and dust levels accumulating on your window treatments may start to be noticeable. It’s important to clean those treatments before the start of the holiday season. If you’re just looking to do a light cleaning of your window treatments, we recommend dusting or gently using the brush attachment on the vacuum to get rid of surface-level dust and dirt. For a more in-depth guide on cleaning your Hunter Douglas window treatments, you can reference this Care and Cleaning Guide.

Seal the Leaks

You can help not only your HVAC system by ensuring your house is sealed up tight but you can reduce the dirt and dust on your window treatments. Sealing up any leaks will help keep drafts to a minimum when temperatures start to dip. Add or replace worn weather stripping around the doors and windows and caulk any gaps. If your doorstops are worn-out it is time to replace them. Any pipes or ducts that travel through an exterior wall should be sealed up as well with caulking. These steps will help block any potential for cold drafts. 

Clean Your Bathrooms

Your holiday guests will thank you for this one. We recommend cleaning all of the bathrooms in your home with strong cleaners, helping to kill off any unwanted bacteria that may have gathered on the surfaces of your tub, sinks, or mirrors. 

Keeping these home maintenance tips for winter in mind, along with all of your other holiday prep, will help your holidays be more enjoyable. If you find that your window treatments are beyond cleaning or just in need of an update, we offer an array of Hunter Douglas window treatments to choose from. Don’t hesitate to reach out and learn more about our window treatment options. Once you’ve finished these home maintenance tips for winter – sit back, relax and enjoy a fresh, clean start to the holiday season!