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What are the eight things you can do to your home to get it ready for the winter to come?
The first is to get your furnace inspected. You may have a contract that comes twice a year, so October is always a good time to get it inspected, get the filter cleaned, and make sure you won’t be without heat this winter.
The second thing you can do is winterize your AC unit. A lot of us don’t do this in our area, and it’s not necessary, but if you live up north and sometimes experience feet upon feet of snow, it might be a good idea to cover your AC unit with a canvas.
Third, draft-proof your home. I did this in my own home two years ago. We looked for any leaks where cold air could seep in from, and we added some weather stripping around our door. We also bought outlet insulators, which helped a lot.
Next, test your home’s safety devices, especially your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
"These eight tasks will have your home ready for cold weather."
Fifth, do a quick roof check. See if you’re missing any shingles or if there is any damage. You never know if the winter is going to be good or bad, so now is a good time to check your roof just in case.
Sixth, check the exterior of your home for cracks or holes. A rodent can get in through a dime-sized hole. The area where your AC unit attaches to your foundation is a prime entry point for anything small that wants to escape the cold.
Seventh, clean your gutters. The No. 1 reason people have water in their homes this time of year is fallen leaves clogging up their gutters and causing leaks they wouldn’t normally have.
Lastly, walk the perimeter of the house and look for dead trees, dead branches, or anything that might be a hazard if there is a big storm.
If you have any more questions about preparing your home for winter, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’d be glad to help you.