Ask Cathy's Top 10 List to Get Your Home Ready for the Winter
The colors are changing outside. Some of our lawns are filled with a new leaf carpet. The days are getting shorter. Soon we will be forced to turn our clocks back again… IT IS OFFICIALLY FALL!
Are you ready?
More importantly, is your home ready?
These quick tips will help you enjoy the change, knowing that your home is ready…
1. Go out on a limb. Clear tree limbs, vegetation and leaves off of your roof and away from your power lines.
2. Get up high. Inspect the roof and clean the gutters. Check for missing, lose or damaged shingles.
3. Don't forget the gutters and downspouts. While you have the ladder up, don't forget to clean out the gutters.
4. Check water drainage. Check the water flow through those gutters and downspouts. Make sure that the water is directed away from your foundation and your driveways and sidewalks.
5. Disconnect your hoses from your outdoor faucets. You have, now used those outdoor hoses for the last time – and you don't want them to freeze. Disconnect, drain and roll them up and put them away until spring
6. Check for leaks or drafts and seal them. Don't let old man winter sneak into your home through any cracks around your windows or doors.
7. Is it time to get Smart? Some utility companies offer rebates or other incentives for changing. These programmable-learning thermostats adjust heating and cooling according to your habits and can reduce your energy bills.
8. Check the color and make ‘em beep. It's time to check your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors to make sure that they are working properly. Has your device yellowed with age? Your originally white device is showing it's age. The life expectancy of smoke detectors is generally 10 years. The test button only confirms that the battery, electronics and alert system are working.
9. It's time for a check-up. Similar to how we go to the dentist for a check-up, it's worth it to have a professional come in and take a look at your furnace before the cold.
10. Change direction. It matters which way the wind blows… Your ceiling fans can help you keep your heating costs down. This is a perfect time to clean the blades and flip the toggle on the base of the fan. Turning the blades clockwise in winter pulls the cold air up to the ceiling and forces the warm air down, more evenly distributing the heat and saving you more.