Heating System Check and Tune
Get that furnace or heat pump checked out! It will be running hard very soon. A check up is cheap insurance for warmth and avoiding the ‘break-down-rush’.
Reverse Those Ceiling Fans
Fans usually come with a reverse switch. Use it! This helps rooms with high ceilings to keep that warm air evenly distributed and you more comfortable. Efficient too!
Protect Against Ice Dams
If you had ice dams last year, or even lots of icicles, this is something to take seriously. Inadequate insulation and venting can cause a multitude of problems. Get this looked at! There are tax credits for some of this work.
Give The Roof A Good Look
Check for loose or missing shingles that can cause problems. Get a look at critical areas, flashing, valleys, etc. Flat roofs for sure need to be checked should be free from debris.
Inspect Caulk and Seals
Check windows and doors for gaps and air infiltration. Caulking is an easy way to tighten up the exterior of your home. Also inspect the foundation for cracks that need to be filled. New weather stripping for doors can make a big difference when the north wind blows!
A Clean Gutter Is A Happy Gutter!
This is an easy way to avoid moisture problems around your facia. Plugged gutters can contribute to water damage. Don’t forget to divert water from the house with properly extended downspouts to avoid potential frost and other damage.
Shut Off Exterior Faucets
Turn off outside spigots and make sure they are shut-off inside and drained if you don’t have the frost-proof ones. Frozen pipes thaw at the worst times, usually when you’re not home for two days.
Drain The Sprinkler System
Unless your sprinkler system is mother nature this needs to be drained to manufacturer’s specs to make sure it works without leaks next summer.
Clean And Stow The Mower
Clean the mower deck underside and treat the fuel if you don’t run it out. You’ll be glad you did. If you get bored this winter you can sharpen the blade too!
Chimney Check Up
Before burning the Yule log make sure the flue and vents are working properly and call a Sweep if it’s time. Look at the outside brick and flashing when you check the roof!
Re-Stock Winter Odds And Ends
Salt, ice-melt, gas for the snow-blower, car emergency kit, etc. All of these should be checked and brought up to date.
Indoor Air Quality
Stock up on good furnace filters and make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are all working properly.
GET READY, IT’S SURE TO BE HERE SOON!
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