Homeowners often hear the words “time to winterize your home” and get spooked, but it doesn’t have to be scary.
Take these simple steps now to prepare for winter.
Get The Fireplace Ready
If you haven’t had your chimney cleaned in a while, have someone come out and get it ready for use this season. Make sure to screen or cap your chimney to keep critters out, and check the mortar between bricks and tuck-point, if necessary.
Check The Furnace
Don’t get stranded in the cold this winter. Make sure you’re stocked and ready for monthly filter changes. And, have an HVAC specialist inspect your furnace and clean your ducts.
Don’t Let The Cold Air In
Check for cracks and crevices around windows, doors, and piping. Caulk windows and use weather stripping around doors to keep your home cozy and your energy costs down.
With fall leaves come clogged gutters. Be sure to clean those out and have your roof inspected for worn shingles or tiles.
Don’t Neglect Your Yard
Drain and store hoses, empty irrigation systems, and move sensitive plants indoors. Don’t forget to have salt and a shovel ready too.