As we move into the final days of fall, so we thought it would be helpful to remind you of a few things you can do to protect yourself and your home.

These are our top suggestions to make sure any issues are avoided or addressed before they become a big problem. They are also a great checklist to complete every winter. Let us know if you have any questions or need direction based on anything you find.

Nine Ways To Prepare Your Home For Winter!

• GUTTERS

Check for loose or leaky gutters. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

• DECKS (and GRILLS)

Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect and prevent it from warping due to ice, snow, and fluctuating temperatures. Purchase and place a protective cover over your grill.

• FIREPLACES

Hire a professional chimney sweep to examine the unit for any damage and clear away all debris, as well as cleanout the firebox and inspect the damper and switch for any

• CEILING FANS

Change your ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction so it will push the hot air along the ceiling down to floor level. If they are going counter-clockwise they won’t be as effective.

• REPLACE FILTERS

Replace all filters including water, range hood, and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.

• DRAFT GUARDS

In a drafty room, heat can escape under the doors. Place draft guards by the doors to prevent heat loss.

• CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS & SMOKE DETECTORS

Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. Batteries for these units should be replaced every four to six months.

• UPGRADE TO A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT

Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temperature down while you aren’t home.

• WATER HOSES & SPIGOTS

Be sure to remove and store all your hoses. Drain all outdoor faucets to ensure none are dripping. Cover and insulate all your exterior faucets and spigots to protect pipes from freezing should any water left inside the pipes.

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