Preparing Your Home for Winter: Timing is everything.
October 10, 2013
- Time to adjust any automatic timers for lights, sprinklers and drip systems.
- It's also a good time to change up the schedule to give that "random" effect of someone being home - especially if you travel.
- Any trips planned? Make sure to mark a reminder on your calendar to stop service for newspaper or ask a neighbor to get your mail.
- Make certain your heating vents are vacuumed out and clear of obstacles. This includes intake vents, as well.
- Replace your furnace’s air filter.
- Test your thermostat by setting it to heat mode and turn it on. Does it kick on? Do you feel warm air blowing through the vents?
- Test your carbon monoxide alarms, making certain they are in good working order. Now would be a good time to invest in a CO alarm if you don’t have one.
- Clean out and cover your air conditioning unit.
- Inspect your chimney! Is the flue damper open? Can you get it closed? If you have a wood burning fireplace, when you light a newspaper in the chimney with the damper in the open position, does the smoke rise up your chimney?
- Check the weatherstripping on the sides and bottoms of doors. If you see light through them, then it’s time to replace it.
- Check your windows for drafts. If you find any, rope caulking can be a quick fix.
- Reverse your ceiling fans, if possible. This helps create a downdraft, pushing the warm air that has risen back down.
- Sealing your home can go a long way toward keeping your electric bill down to reasonable levels during the darker and colder winter months.
- Are there any tree branches or hedges that are obstructing views?
- Make certain your garage door is in good working order, and that you can open it manually. Test manual operation before you get stuck inside.
- Test your landscape lighting and switch out to energy efficient bulbs. When it gets darker ealier, good lighting can help keep you safe.
- Are there any loose bricks or stepping stones that may be a hazard, especially in the dark?
- How about those rain gutters? You can easily test them by running the hose through them to make sure there are no blockages.