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Preparing Your Home for Winter

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

Halloween & Thanksgiving are fast-approaching, time to start thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming winter season. This week’s article is from thebalance.com with tips on preparing your home for winter…

– Have your furnace inspected before you start it up for the first time of the season. It’s also a good idea to stock up on furnace filters and getting a programmable thermostat.

– Call a chimney sweep to inspect & clean your fireplace/woodstove/chimney. Creosote build-up, animal debris, & other items may block the airflow in the chimney and cause issues. Having it cleaned/inspected will take care of any potential problems BEFORE you light the first fire of the season.

– Checking your home’s exterior, doors, & windows will help you find cracks or damage that needs to be addressed before the snow flies. If you have storm windows, this would be a good time to install them.

– Inspect your roof for damaged/missing shingles & “soft spots” that may indicate a leak issue. Ice dams are common and can cause severe damage, make sure the flashing is leak-proof and consider adding additional insulation.

– Making sure your snow blower (or thrower) is in good working order BEFORE you need it is an important step. Also make sure that your snow shovels/ice breakers/ice melt are ready and easy to get to.

 

There are many more good tips to be found in the article at thebalance.com, be sure to check out the full article!

 

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