Preparing your home for fall and winter are essential.

Preparing your home for fall and winter are essential.

Here are some of the things needed to get ready for the upcoming seasons.

  1. Inspect Heating System: Ensure your heating system is in good working condition by scheduling a maintenance check. Replace filters and clean ducts if needed.
  2. Check Insulation: Proper insulation helps keep your home warm and energy-efficient. Check for drafts around windows and doors, and consider adding weatherstripping or caulking.
  3. Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear out leaves and debris from gutters to prevent clogs and ice dams. Make sure downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation.
  4. Trim Trees and Bushes: Trim overgrown branches and bushes that could potentially damage your home during winter storms.
  5. Seal Windows and Doors: Apply caulk or weatherstripping to seal any gaps around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.
  6. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Safety is crucial. Replace batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re in proper working order.
  7. Prepare Outdoor Faucets: Drain and disconnect outdoor hoses, and cover outdoor faucets with insulated covers to prevent freezing.
  8. Stock Up on Winter Supplies: Ensure you have an ample supply of winter essentials like rock salt, shovels, and snow blowers to deal with ice and snow.
  9. Reverse Ceiling Fans: By running your ceiling fans in reverse, you can help circulate warm air that rises to the ceiling, improving overall heating efficiency.
  10. Check Chimney and Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned and inspected to ensure safe operation. Stock up on firewood if you plan to use it during the colder months.
  11. Protect Plants and Garden: Bring potted plants indoors, cover delicate plants, and prepare your garden for the winter months.
  12. Prepare Emergency Kit: As a precaution, put together an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and non-perishable food.
  13. Check Roof and Attic: Inspect your roof for any damage and make necessary repairs. Ensure your attic is well-insulated to prevent heat loss.
  14. Furnace and Thermostat: If you have a programmable thermostat, set it to a lower temperature when you’re not home. This can help save on energy bills.
  15. Deep Clean and Organize: Take advantage of the change in seasons to declutter and clean your home. A well-organized space can make it easier to navigate during winter.

 

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