Here Comes Autumn:
Time to start prepping your property for winter
The first official day of Fall, September 23, is upon us. As the weather becomes crisper, it is time to start preparing your home for the winter months. Taking time to winterize your home can increase the longevity of your appliances, keep your house running efficiently, and can even save you money.
- Check your window and door frames for drafts, loose frames, or cracked panes. Caulk and use weather stripping as needed. Click here for a checklist from the Department of Energy to make sure your home is sealed top to bottom.
- Install storm panes as needed.
- Check the insulation and wrap pipes in unheated locations.
- Reverse your ceiling fans so they turn clockwise. This will draw rising air down.
- Change your furnace filters to ensure efficiency.
- Make sure your furniture is not directly in front of vents so the warm air can circulate.
- Clean and prep your furnace, wood stove, fireplace and back up generator.
- Prepare an “emergency” kit in case of power outages from storms with some key items: food, water, battery operated radio, flashlights and batteries.
- Clean clothes dryer vent pipe.
- Clean showerheads, bathroom drains and vents.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clean, repair and store your grill, patio furniture and pool accessories.
- Prepare lawn mowers, leaf blowers, weed whackers and other yard maintenance equipment for storage; don’t forget to drain fuel from all gas-operated equipment.
- Close outdoor water valves and drain garden hoses.
- Bring your plants inside before the temperature goes below 45 degrees.
- Clean out your gutters.
Spend some time winterizing your home this Autumn so you can stay toasty warm during the winter months.