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  • Preparing your Home for Winter

    As the warm days of summer are replaced by the colder winds of autumn, preparing your home for the

    inevitable arrival of winter’s cold and snow becomes a priority. Here are 10 suggestions to help prepare your

    home for the coming winter months:

    • Heating System – Have your heating system inspected by a professional to ensure it is operating safely and

    efficiently.

    • Chimney Flue – the flue should be inspected and cleaned if a buildup of creosote is present.

    • Insulation – Consider adding more insulation to attic areas. Inadequate insulation allows heat to escape your

    home.

    • Leaks – Make sure windows, doors, and electrical outlets are effectively sealed. On a windy day, go around the

    inside of your home to determine if you can feel any air leaks.

    • Gutters – Clean out gutters and downspouts so that they will effectively drain water away from your

    foundation.

    • Detectors – Replace batteries of smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly.

    • Pipes – Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation to avoid freezing and bursting.

    • Thermostat – A great winterizing task would be to install a programmable thermostat that allows you to have a

    heating schedule for your home. You may program it to be cooler at night or if everyone is at work or school, and

    warmer during the day when people are home.

    • Snow removal equipment – Service or tune-up snow blowers. Make sure you have a good sturdy snow shovel.

    That first snowfall will sneak up on you; be ready for it.

    • Emergency Kit – Don’t be caught without essentials in the event of a power outage. Prepare a kit to include

    candles, matches, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, blankets, emergency phone numbers, first aid

    supplies, etc.