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PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER WITH THIS FALL CHECKLIST
09/07/2016


PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER WITH THIS FALL CHECKLIST
 
 
Summer is coming to an end, and that means it’s time to get started on the "fall checklist”.  Most of the tasks listed below are probably within the average person's ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it's worth the expense. You'll save money -- and maybe even your life.
 
 
1. Clean out gutters.
Yes, we know.  Everyone hates to get up on a ladder and clean out their gutters.  But removing leaves and other debris from your drainpipe and gutters will help to prevent clogging and protect the health of your gutters, roof, siding, and foundation.  In areas with cold winters, outdoor faucets should also be drained in the fall.  
 
 
2. Check the heating system.
Do a survey of your home’s heating vents to make sure they’re not blocked or covered by carpeting, furniture, or curtains. Dust off the vents and clean or replace all filters. (Warning,  shameless self-promoting ahead:  Make an appointment with CIMCO for an annual heating system check-up.)
 
3.   Clean the fireplace and chimney.
You can probably clear out ashes from the fireplace yourself and have it looking great in no time.  But the real danger comes from what is up inside the chimney.  Dangerous creosote deposits can build up and put your home and health, even your life, in danger.  Leave the chimney cleaning to a professional and set an appointment to have a chimney cleaner inspect and clean it prior to use this winter.  And be sure to have them check the damper to ensure it can be tightly closed to prevent drafts.
 
 
4. Remove and/or store window air conditioners.
Interestingly enough, people often overlook the importance of covering or storing their window A/C units.  Just look around this winter as you drive around and you’ll see what we mean.  If you have removable window air conditioners, be sure to unplug them before taking them down, and dust and clean them before covering or storing.
 
 
5. Check for drafts.
Most people don’t realize how a simple draft can increase their home heating bill by a significant amount.  Examine windows and doors for cracks and seal them to prevent drafts.  Doing so will help you to stay warm, save energy, and thus reduce your heating bill.
 
 
6. Put up storm windows.
If you have removable screens, now’s the time to clean, store, and replace them with storm windows.  It is a good idea to have someone help you with this task, especially if the windows are large and heavy.  You don’t want to risk dropping the window, breaking the glass, and injuring yourself while trying to fit the window in its track.
 
 
There are plenty of other tasks that you should tend to before winter sets in, but this will get you started.  And remember, if you need help or have questions, please reach out to us and we will assist you.  Even if we don’t handle the type of work you are looking for, we can point you in the right direction and help you find a trusted company that can.  We’re here to help!

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