Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter

Leaves are falling, and the air is getting a little bit crisper each morning. Now is the time to start thinking about how to get your home ready for cold weather.

Check Your Heating System
Take the extra step to make sure your furnace is running correctly. No one likes waking up in the middle of the night to a cold house! If you’re unsure yourself, many contractors are happy to come out to look and make sure everything is working correctly.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
This seems like such a silly task but reversing your ceiling fan helps push the hot air down when your heating system is running (hot air rises.)

Check The Roof
Check your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to prevent leaks during the winter months.

Clean The Gutters
Make sure your gutters are clean and leaf free to prevent water back up against your home which can later lead to damage to the roof and siding.

Turn Off Exterior Faucets
Disconnect all garden hoses and drain the water that is left in the faucets. Leaving hoses hooked up can lead to burst pipes within your home due to ice expanding as it gets cold.

Drain Your Sprinkler System
Just like making sure your hoses are unhooked, making sure your sprinkler system is “blown” out is another task to prevent burst pipes. Call a professional for this task, it doesn’t cost much and is ensures a job well done!

Chimney Sweep
Make sure your chimney and vents are clean and in running order before the cold sets in. Doing this will prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from getting into your home.

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