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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.