With winter just around the corner, some essential tasks beckon you. You must ensure that all doors function properly and that exterior doors are airtight when closed. If necessary, replace the seal and weather-stripping. It is also time to check the automatic closing mechanism of the door between the house and the garage to make sure that the door shuts completely. In addition, you must replace window screens with storm windows. It is important to remove the interior screens from casement windows to prevent the air coming from the heating system from forming condensation on the panes. You can install a plastic film to ensure that the windows are airtight. Windows and skylights must be completely airtight when shut. A little homeowner’s tour will help you detect air leaks, which must be sealed before winter. Only the exterior component of the air conditioner needs to be covered.
Other tasks await inside the house. Indeed, you must empty the hot water tank according to the maintenance manual: place a pail under the tap at the bottom of the tank, open the tap, and let the water drain until the pail is full. This precautionary measure reduces the accumulation of sediments inside the hot water tank and conserves its efficiency. As well, you must clean the drains on the dishwasher, sinks, tubs, and shower stalls, and clean the drip pans on the refrigerators and freezers. To help your appliances function properly, vacuum the exhaust fan in the bathroom, the radiator grills behind refrigerators and freezers, and the smoke detectors, because dust and spider webs can hamper their performance.