Just like you personally prepare for colder weather, your home needs to be prepared too. Following these tips can save energy, save money and keep you safe.
Chimney and fireplace:
Chimney cleaning is generally recommended once a year. If you only use your fireplace a few times a year, you can have it cleaned every couple of years. Be sure your chimney is free of creosote buildup – the charcoal-like residue left after burning wood. Creosote must be removed from your chimney, firebox and hearth to prevent chimney fires.
Inspect your smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors:
Replace the batteries
Discuss with family possible fire escape routes
Service your heating system:
Change your furnace filter according to your manufacturer’s recommendations. Check your registers and ducts for any blockages. Using your vacuum, dust the registers and intake grills.
Saving your concrete:
Experts will tell you the best materials for getting traction and not hurting your concrete is to use basic sand. Try to avoid salts or chemicals. This will save money now and potentially lots of money later if you do not have replace your sidewalk and/or driveway.
Disconnect garden hoses from all spigots before the start of winter.
Fill in any low spots around the house so water drains away from the foundation.