Winter Prep Tips

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With winter just around the corner, now is the time to give your home a “check-up”.

  • Seasonally inspecting, sealing and insulating pipes can do wonders in minimizing frozen pipes.
  • Don’t forget about outside water sources, drain sprinklers and disconnect garden hoses.
  • Trim trees and remove branches that are precariously perched or dead.
  • Prior to the snow season roof leaks should be repaired. Additionally, gutters should be cleaned of all debris.
  • Ensure that fireplaces are cleaned and fully functioning to prevent problems down the line.
  • Have your duct system tested for air leaks.
  • Close any crawlspace vents.
  • Replace your furnace or heat pump air filter.
  • Have your heating system cleaned and tuned by a qualified contractor.
  •  Have your system checked for carbon monoxide and install a CO alarm.
  • Adjust your thermostat to a cooler temperature when away or when sleeping.
  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fans – Change the rotation direction of your ceiling fan to clockwise!  Doing so pushes heat downwards from the ceiling.
  • Mow Your Leaves, Don’t Rake Them – Mowing your leaves (rather than raking them) will provide nourishment for your lawn over the winter months.
  • Sump Pump Test – Pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to determine whether the pump turns on to drain it.

A little attention now can stem off big problems this winter


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