Winter Home Prep

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  • Snow blower - be sure to test it before the snow season really hits to make sure it's working properly.

  • Ceiling fan direction - Did you know... the direction your fan spins should change with the season? Switch the spin to clockwise at slow speed to circulate warm air downward.

  • Test your Furnace and Thermostat before cold weather really gets rough. Also, investing in thermostats with programs are a helpful way to regulate temperature when people aren't home.

  • Cover or remove window-set Air Conditioning units to prevent drafts.

  • Do you have Storm Doors in your home? Replace them with glass panels.

  • This is rodent season! So be sure to seal any cracks or holes on the outside of your home to prevent unexpected furry guests.

  • Turn off water flow for faucets and hose outside your home to prevent them from freezing and pipes bursting.

  • If you have a pool, clean out any debris and drain the majority of water (but not all!).

  • Block drafts around doors and windows with weather stripping, window film and/or caulk.

  • If you have chimneys, get them cleaned by a sweeper who has experience. This decreases the risk of fire.

  • Be cautious with the prospect of door locks freezing over. To prevent this, spray the outside of the door lock with powdered-graphite libricant.

  • Lower the temperature of your water heater to reduce damage on the pipes. While many houses are set at 140 degrees F, many only need 120 degrees for comfort.

This checklist was created by snowman

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