Now that fall is officially here, it is time to start thinking about getting your home ready for winter. We get it, we live in California and it’s not like we have to deal with single-digit temperatures and six feet of snow, but it is still best to be well-prepared for what might happen. After all, you just never know what weather could come this way in the winter.

Look, it does dip into the 40s at night in the winter and you will be glad when your utility bills aren’t out of control because you failed to winterize your house. Total Care Heating and Air, your heating repair service in Riverside, offers these tips on preparing your home for winter.

Clean Your Gutters

Clear gutters help drain water away from your roof and your house. A blocked gutter is a useless gutter that is only causing problems. Water from rain will build up and seep into your roof, possibly causing damage. It is a risk you don’t have to take because all you need to do is clean your gutters.

Check Your Roof

Since you already have the ladder out to clean your gutters, you may as well go ahead and check the condition of your roof as well. Check the shingles to see if any are missing or have damage, this is a sign that you may need a new roof.

Prune Those Trees

If there are long tree branches hanging near your house, roof or gutters, it’s a good idea to get those trimmed up. A wind storm could cause these branches to break and you don’t want them landing on your house or anywhere near your house really. No reason to take any sort of chance.

Check For Air Leaks

Go all around your house, inside and outside, and check all of the doors and windows for air leaks. Leaks can increase your heating costs by as much as 30 percent. Caulking costs about three bucks a tube and can save you up to $300 a year in energy costs.

Tune Up Your Heating System

By golly, this is an important task. It is very inexpensive to have your HVAC professional swing by your pad and give your furnace a good looksy. Our technician will inspect your furnace and all of its components to ensure everything is working and up to par.

If there is a problem, it can be nipped in the bud before it becomes an expensive fix.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Now is the time of year to switch your ceiling fans so they turn clockwise and push heated air down. This is especially helpful in the winter. As you know, heat rises and by pushing that back down, it allows you to turn your thermostat down a degree or two.

Call The Chimney Sweep

Before you toss the ole Yule log in the fireplace, make sure your chimney isn’t going to start on fire. Give your chimney sweep a call.

And give Total Care Heating and Air a call as well for a furnace checkup.