Do this early in the season
Help prevent frozen pipes, part 1: Drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems to help prevent ice damage.
Find or buy your shovels, ice-melt, salt and sand. The before-storm rush is never fun.
Stock up on packaged food, batteries and candles. Good for days you’re snowed in and if you lose power.
Help prevent frozen pipes, part 2. Make sure hot and cold water pipes are insulated throughout the house. This could include checking the basement, cabinets and crawl spaces. It’s also a good idea to check pipes that run along exterior walls in uninsulated areas.
Clear, salt and sand outdoor walkways, stairs and sidewalks. Two really good reasons to do this: it could prevent people from getting injured on your property; some cities and towns require that you clear and salt sidewalks.
Make sure snow isn’t blocking furnace vents. One of those safety and efficiency checks.
Check your roof after it snows. Melted patches could be a sign you need to improve your home’s insulation.
Watch for icicles. This is another way of saying check your gutters. If you’ve got what looks like a waterfall of ice, you may need to bring in a professional because you could end up with a damaged roof. A few icicles mean your gutters may be clogged.
Use a roof rake after a heavy snow fall. Snow’s pretty, but too much can stress your roof. Raking it may reduce it.
Set your ceiling fans to run clockwise. Seriously: it can make your rooms warmer.
Change the furnace filter every few months. This will help it run more effectively.
Clean the kitchen exhaust and air filter. Filters trap grease and odors. Clean them.
Clean refrigerator coils. Clean coils will help your refrigerator cool things as it should.
Check the basement and water heater for leaks. Leaks can happen any time of year and they can cause expensive damage. Checking throughout the year isn’t a bad idea.