Winterize your homeThis fall in the midwest has been an unusually warm, dry season.  As the temperatures fall as we get closer to the end of November and approach December, it is always a good idea to look at ways to prepare our homes for winter.  I came across this article, Winterizing Your Home and it has a pretty good list of items to check.

I have highlighted a few items that stood out for me, check out the full article for some other good information under each item.

1) Furnace Inspection

  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace

2) Get the Fireplace Ready

  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing

3) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows

  • Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them

4) Inspect Roof, Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris

5) Service Weather-Specific Equipment

  • Replace worn rakes and snow shovels
  • Sharpen ice choppers and buy bags of ice-melt/sand

6) Check Foundations

  • Tuckpoint or seal foundation cracks. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime.

7) Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Install a carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work

8) Prevent Plumbing Freezes

  • Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
  • If you go on vacaion leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees

9) Prepare Landscaping & Outdoor Surfaces

  • Seal driveways, brick patios and wood decks

10) Prepare an Emergency Kit

  • Find the phone numbers for your utility companies nad tape them near your phone or inside the phone book
  • Store extra bottled water and non-perishable food supplies (including pet food, if you have a pet), blankets and a first-aid kit in a dry and easy-to-access location

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