Winter is coming. Along with the eggnog and holiday season comes blizzards and black ice. Learn about a few ways you can prepare your home before the winter season.
Prepare your Heating and Ventilation System
Test your system ahead of time to find out if it needs maintenance such as air filter replacements.
Also check your air conditioning
While air conditioning and winter don't usually go hand-in-hand, make sure your unit is properly cleaned and covered before winter comes. This will help prevent rusting and freezing, and can also come in handy if winter is warmer than normal.
Fireplace, Chimney, Flue
A fireplace is a saving grace in 20 degree winters, so make sure that it is properly cleaned an inspected prior to the colder months. This includes clearing it of nests, clearing dangerous creosote, and checking for necessary repairs.
Pipes can freeze during cold weather, causing costly repairs. Draining unused pipes and insulating exposed piping could help avoid these issues.
Your wallet will thank you for checking your insulation. Poor insulation can result in heat escaping and cold, outside air coming into your home.
Windows and doors
Examine the weatherstripping on doors and windows can help keep your heating bill down during this time of year.
Checking your roof can be done either by yourself or a trained professional. Keep an eye out for missing or damaged shingles and chimney damage, and get them repaired as soon as possible.
Turning off and winterizing your sprinklers is a must, as the pipes can freeze, and result in costly repairs come spring.
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