PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER WITH THIS FALL CHECKLIST
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.)
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.
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!