Despite our winter-like temperatures, it’s still fall around here! Even though Mother Nature appears to have cut the season short, it’s still important to take a few key steps to get set up for winter so your home continues to serve you well.
1. Clean and test smoke alarms. This is also a great time to change batteries.
2. Check operation of carbon monoxide detectors. If you don’t have any, now would be the perfect time to purchase one.
3. Test and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) breakers.
4. Change or clean the furnace filter. This should be done monthly. Regular professional furnace cleaning is also recommended.
5. Clean humidifier per the manufacturer’s instructions. Adjust the damper to open or “winter” position.
6. Adjust registers and confirm that registers and cold-air returns are clear of furniture or draperies.
7. Inspect the fit of exterior doors and adjust weather stripping and thresholds as necessary.
8. Remove hoses from exterior faucets. Some older homes may not have frost-free faucets and it may be necessary to shut off the water to the faucet from a water shutoff valve within the home.
9. Inspect chimney or fireplace exhaust for nests or debris. Regular professional cleaning of the chimney is also recommended.
10. Check caulking, inside and out, and service as needed.
11. Drain and winterize your sprinkler system.
12. Clean gutters and check that downspouts are clear of leaves or other debris.
13. Avoid using de-icing agents with damaging salts to remove snow and ice.
14. Decorate safely for the holidays. Use appropriate equipment and do not overload circuits.