Monthly Archives: December 2012

How Can I Prepare My Home for Winter ?

If you haven’t gotten your home ready for winter, now is definitely the time.   Here are some tips to get you and your home ready for the cold:

1. Have your furnace inspected. This will prevent problems during the heating season, it should also help keep the utility bill down. Make sure to change the filter regularly, especially during heavier use.

2. Inspect your chimney or have it swept. Chimneys used by fireplaces and appliances should be inspected on a regular basis.

3. Inspect roofs for missing shingles.  Also, clean leaves and debris out of gutters and ensure that downspouts are in place and secured.

4. Check all exterior window and door openings, vents, and pipes. Check to make sure windows and doors close properly and are weather-stripped. Also, check  to make sure vents are clear.

5. Visually check your foundation. Take a walk around your house and  inspect your foundation by looking for cracks.

6. Add insulation in the attic. Attics aren’t for storage anymore, they’re for insulation. If your house is older, adding another layer of insulation is not a bad idea!

7. Turn off water supply to exterior faucets and drain hoses. Burst water pipes are usually found when temperatures warm and pipes thaw.

8. Mark off walk-ways and drive-ways before snow fall, this may help locate specific areas in need of snow removal.

9. Reverse ceiling fans. Cathedral ceilings pose challenges for heating systems. Reversing a ceiling fan will re-circulate warmed air.

10. Prepare an emergency kit. When the power goes out, you’ll be thankful for having a bin of “needed” items: blankets, candles, matches, flashlights with batteries, first aid kit, manual can opener, non-perishable food and bottled water.

Give us a call if you need any assistance.  Hurry, before the first snowfall sticks!