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Top 10 Maintenance Tips for Winter

Are you prepared for winter? With colder weather quickly approaching, we think now is the perfect time to share our top ten list of Winter home maintenance tips with you.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fans. Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction to create an updraft that forces hot air to circulate throughout the room rather than being trapped in the rafters.

 

Have your chimney serviced. Having your chimney inspected and swept before your first fire reduces your risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Seal windows and doors. Take the time to caulk around windows and doors and apply weather stripping wherever necessary.

 

Add extra insulation. By adding an extra layer of insulation, you are helping keep your attic cooler and your rooms toasty.

 

Service your furnace. Make sure that all components are properly cleaned and working effectively.

 

Mind your thermostat. It’s easy to forget to turn down the heat when you leave the building, but doing so is one of the surest ways to save money.

 

Stock your garage or shed. Be prepared for the first snowfall with salt or ice melt, snow shovels, a snow blower, and a generator with additional fuel.

 

Check for leaks. Disconnect exterior hoses, drain all spigots and engage the shut-off valve within your home to prevent broken water pipes.

 

Trim your trees. Have any dead branches or limbs that hang close to your home and power lines removed so that they don’t break off an cause damage under the weight of snow and ice.

 

Be ready for an emergency. Blackouts and snow-ins can occur during winter months, so take a moment to prepare. Having items like bottled water, flashlights and blankets ready will help you make it through safely.