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    5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Winter

    Fall is a good time of year to prepare your home for winter weather.  A little maintenance is required to ensure a safe and comfortable winter.

    Winter home maintenance

    Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your home for winter:

    1.  Heating System Inspection

    • Have your heating system inspected and cleaned.  Have your HVAC duct work cleaned.
    • Change the air filter on your furnace
    • This is a good time to change your thermostat to a programmable one.  Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature lower when you are away from home thus saving energy and money.
    • Remove all flammable materials from around your furnace.

    2.  Chimney Inspection

    • You should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year.  Creosote build-up is a major cause of  chimney fires.
    • Inspect the chimney cap and exterior mortar joints for cracks where water can get in.

    3.  Inspect the exterior of the home

    • Inspect the foundation for cracks and seal to prevent water penetration.
    • Remove screens from storm doors and replace with the storm glass.
    • Check for air leakage around windows and doors.

    4.  Inspect the roof, gutters and downspouts

    • Inspect the roof for missing or damaged shingles.
    • Inspect roof flashing.
    • Clean gutters and downspouts.  This allows water and snow melt to be directed away from the house.

    5.  Service Weather Specific Equipment

    • Now is the time to make sure your snow blower starts and runs.  You don’t want to wait until the first snow storm to realize it will not start.
    • Do you have a working snow shovel?  Do your vehicles have ice scrapers?
    • Winterize all your power equipment you will not use until next spring.

    With a little bit of preparation you can ensure your home is ready to provide you with a comfortable and safe place to enjoy all that winter brings.