Winter Home Maintenance Chores You Can’t Ignore

The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is Today’s Homeowner’s exclusive guide to easy home maintenance. We break down the most important chores into simple task lists for the spring, summer, fall and winter.

In the winter, here are some of those chores:

Man changing air conditioner filter
You should change your air filter every 90 days. (DepositPhotos)

Change heating system filters. The most wonderful time of the year shouldn’t be the most miserable in your home because it’s so cold! Change your filters and get a professional furnace inspection to make sure the system is ready for increased demand.


Clean the kitchen range hood filter. Your range hood removes airborne grease, fumes and smoke after cooking, boosting indoor air quality. But it’s only as effective as its filter. Before a big holiday dinner, remove the filter and clean it.  


Cleaning Baseboard heaters
A clean baseboard heater is one with optimal efficiency and peak performance.

Clean all baseboard heaters. If you have a baseboard heating system, you know it’s a magnet for dust, pet dander and hair, among other things. Clean it once a year to keep the system in peak performance.


Change your refrigerator’s water and icemaker filters. If you’ve left the same filter in the fridge long after the ‘new filter’ light or indicator popped on, now’s the time to change it to reduce the chance of water quality issues affecting yours or your guests’ health.


• Prepare your snowblower. A well-maintained snowblower gets the job done. So make sure your winter home maintenance plan includes thoroughly cleaning yours. You’ll also want to oil it so the machine is ready when needed.  


Removing snow with a snow shovel
Having a snow shovel in the shed comes in handy after a blizzard.

Get the gear. You’ll need the right equipment and materials — including snow shovels and ice melt — to remove ice and snow from driveways, walkways and stairs. Stock up now and you won’t have to worry about these products being sold out later.


Inspect washing machine hoses. Throughout the year, your washing machine takes a lot of wear and tear. Check the hoses for damage or leaks and replace them as needed.


Hose faucet protector
A hose faucet protector, like this one, can help prevent pipes from freezing.

Insulate water lines and hose bibs. No one wants burst pipes and the great expense that comes with them. If you have a crawlspace, wrap foam pipe insulation around water lines. Then secure foam covers over hose bibs to protect from freezing temperatures.


Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. Make sure they’re set to the lowest setting, too, so they won’t create a draft but will send hot air from the ceiling to the room’s perimeter. This will make the space feel warmer.


“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford, pictured with a Generac standby generator
A standby generator will provide the homeowners peace of mind when severe weather strikes and brings power outages.

Prepare your generator. A snowstorm can quickly lead to damaged power lines and lengthy outages. Make sure your portable or standby generator is ready for use in case you need it.

Listen to our special podcast on winter home maintenance for more information!

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I have been a fan or you for many many years. I thought I was buying my final home – a town house – and was moving back home. I was out of state making the purchase w/tough market. NOW, I am heartbroken as I have learned over the past few months that this house is in bad disrepair of so many things it is unbelievable. The town house is only 20 years old but has been badly cared for. As I sit here in my living room – I am freezing. Of course, it is Buffalo and it is cold. But, I would think a 20 year old home which is an inside unit of a 4 unit bldg. would at least be warm —how wrong I am. I need help. So distraught as I am a disabled senior citizen.

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