Getting Your Home Ready for Winter

Late October and early November is a good time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the winter season. A home needs to be maintained so it will endure that cold temperatures and snow. What do you need to do? Well here are a few tips…

  1. Clean your Gutters– Making sure that your gutters are free from leaves is a good move before it snows. If the downspouts are plugged, you may run the risk of ice freezing in the gutters and putting pressure on the eaves of your house. Water that overflows will rest close to your foundation causing water infiltration in your basement.
  2. Silicone Caulk- A $8.00 tube of caulk could save you money during this cold and wet season. Seal all holes and cracks around windows or doors. Drafts and water could seep in. This will help keep heating bills lower and also damage to the inside of your home.
  3. Cover your AC Unit– When its time to turn off the central air unit for the winter, it’s a good time to hose out the leaves from the coils and cover it from old man winter. You will be glad you did.
  4. Have your fireplace cleaned out- If you have a fireplace, make sure that you get it cleaned about every two years. The smoke will build on the inside of the wall of your chimney and can become very flammable. The first time you use your fireplace, use a creosote log to loosen the tar on the inside so the it frees up.
  5. Have your furnace serviced- Just because your furnace seems to be working now doesn’t mean it will last through the coldest time of the season. Have a licensed furnace technician come to clean and check for any irregularities. This money investment will keep you furnace running smooth when you need it most.
  6. Change the light bulbs on the outside lights of your home before it gets really cold- The last thing you need to do is change a bulb on a ladder in the ice.
  7. Change the filter in your furnace– at least 4 times a year.
  8. Change the batteries in the smoke detector and Carbon Monoxide detectors.- Saves lives.
  9. Make sure to clean the dryer vent duct out- fires
  10. Empty your Lawn mower- run your mower till empty. Bad gas will hurt the engine.

Stay Warm and Stay Safe


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