Fall weather is due to arrive soon. Is your cabin ready? Here are five key tips to help you protect your cabin in plunging temperatures and extreme ice or snow.
Check your furnace filter and change it if needed. Schedule your annual HVAC maintenance checkup to ensure everything is working as it should. You don't want to experience a heating failure on a cold winter night. Fall is a great time for an AC system installation if your old AC is wearing out or you don't have whole-cabin AC. Prices are lower than during the summer, and the job can be done quickly and efficiently.
Check your cabin’s foundation inside and outside to find crumbling, cracks, or other signs of wear. Structural defects may widen during cold weather as the earth contracts around your cabin. Moisture from rain or melting snow can leak into your cabin and cause serious problems in the basement or walls.
Don't let your cabin’s water pipes freeze up this winter. Beware of drips and leaks that can raise your water bill. Make sure each faucet turns completely off, and replace those that don't. Some cabin owners turn off the water leading to outdoor faucets to avoid freezing water during the winter cold, which could cause the pipes to burst. Clean out the drains of your shower, bathtub, and sinks to avoid backups later.
Examine the weather strips around your cabin’s windows and doors. If they are frayed or deteriorating, replace them with new weather-stripping material to prevent warm air from your cabin escaping outside or cold air coming in. Seals around these entry points should be intact or replaced if damaged. Repair any cracked windows before cold weather sets in.
You may want to invest in a generator as an alternate energy source if your cabin’s power is cut by bad weather. Keep flashlights and working batteries on hand. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they work through the winter when fires are sometimes caused by malfunctioning chimneys, and carbon monoxide can be released through damaged combustion systems. Add surge protectors to your outlets in case of a power surge.
Basic protective steps like these can keep your cabin safe and operating efficiently all winter. Get busy inspecting your cabin to be ready when the cold season arrives.