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Winter Checklist For Your Home


As the temperature drops and there is a chill in the air, it’s time to pay attention to your home’s winter readiness.  Here are some tips to help make sure your home is energy-efficient and safe as Old Man Winter makes his appearance.

Ceiling Fan
Switch the direction of the blades to spin clockwise and run at low speed to circulate warm air down from the ceiling.  Remember air rises and cool air descends, so the direction your fan spins depends on the season.

Furnace and Thermostat
Give the system a full test.  Get a tune-up if need be.  A programmable thermostat that can automatically lower the temperature when you aren’t home might be a smart investment.

Air Conditioners
Cover window units or remove them completely so you can close windows and prevent drafts. Cover your exterior central AC units.

They are looking for warmth so make sure to seal all holes and cracks around the outside to help ensure pests like squirrels and mice can’t get inside.

Shut off the water to exterior faucets and drain the lines to the help prevent freezing and pipe bursts.

Clean out any leaves, insects, dirt and debris.  Drain most of the water but make sure not to empty it completely.

Block Drafts
Use weather stripping, window film and caulk to control heat loss around the doors, windows and baseboards.  By doing this, you can save up to 30% in your energy bill annually.

If you have a fireplace, get your chimneys cleaned by an experienced chimney sweep.  Blockages and buildup are a fire hazard.

Door Locks
Spray exterior door locks with powdered-graphite lubricant to help keep them from freezing and sticking in extreme cold.

Water Heater
Consider lowering the temperature on your water heater.  Most are set at 140 degrees but some households only need it set at 120 degrees to be comfortable. Lowering the temperature can save you as much at $30 per year for every 10 degrees the temperature is lowered and will help reduce wear and tear on the pipes.