A lot of people talk about spring cleaning and the importance of getting your house and appliances tuned up for the summer, but maintenance should be a year-round endeavor, and there are few times of the year when it matters more than in the winter. Regardless of the age or quality of your home, it needs regular attention to ensure that everything is kept in working order throughout the cold winter months, and for years to come.

So, to make sure that you keep on top of things for the winter, here is a maintenance guide for your home.

Heating Tune Up
There are multiple reasons why you should get a heating check and tune up at the beginning of the winter—and not just because you will regret it once it gets cold and you have no heat! A heating system that runs well will be more effective and also save you energy costs. It is also essential in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning. Call in a handyman for a tune up, you’ll have peace of mind and it won’t break the bank.

Cleaning Your Fireplace
To get ready for those cold winter nights, you will probably want to give your fireplace a good clean before it gets too cold. You can of course do it yourself, but the easiest way to take care of it is through calling a chimney sweep.

Reverse Ceiling Fans
If you are able to—and most ceiling fans allow it—reverse your ceiling fans. This reverses the cooling effect that they have in the summer, and will help to fill the room with warm air. This might also be a good time to give the blades a dusting.

Change Air Filters
Fixing up your heating may not be as effective as you like if you neglect to change your air filters regularly. Changing your filters is also an important task in keeping your air clean. Luckily, you can buy filters in most superstores, and they are cheap and easy to switch out—just be sure to measure yours first so that you get the correct size.

Check Insulation
Another way in which heat is commonly lost in the winter is through poor insulation. Improving your home’s insulation does not mean that you have to open up and pad the walls, rather, checking for gaps around doors and windows, and adding caulking and draught stoppers where necessary.

Check for and Make Roof Repairs
After it snows is a bad time to figure out that you have leaks in your roof or loose shingles. If you roof is showing signs of wear and tear, hire a handyman to come and fix the problem areas.

Clean Your Fridge
The winter is also a good time to make sure that your refrigerator is in working order. Pull it out, vacuum behind and underneath it, clean its coils, defrost the freezer, and double check the temperature of both fridge and freezer (as the change in weather can affect them).

Clear Icicles and Ice Dams
As winter goes on, and you start to see more extreme weather, make sure that you keep on top of it. Leaving icicles hanging can actually damage your gutters or become a hazard to passers-by. Ice dams should also be dealt with before they cause expensive water damage.

Stock Up on Winter Essentials
These are just a few things that you need to take care of, in order to keep on top of home maintenance throughout the winter; but if there are any other potential problems springing up in your home, you should deal with them sooner rather than later. You might also want to take the opportunity to stock up on winter essentials such as snow shovels and salt, so that you are ready when the time comes. Take care of these essentials and you should have nothing to worry about this winter.