Since summer has left us and we are now in the fall season, it’s time to start thinking about Winter preparations in our homes. Below is just a small checklist of some things we should be looking out for to save energy and ensure our safety during the winter months.
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning
• If you have a fireplace, check for drafts. If it’s cold despite
the damper being closed, the damper may be warped or
• Clean and replace your furnace filter.
• Cover your air conditioning condensing units and
• If you have an older thermostat, replace it with an
inexpensive programmable one to save on heating costs.
• Switch your ceiling fans to the reverse or
clockwise position, which will push warm air down to the
• Flush your water heater tank to remove sediment.
• If you have a propane tank, check to ensure the fill level is
adequate for your needs.
• Verify that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
are working. It’s a good idea to replace the batteries in all
smoke alarms when the change to daylight savings time
• Have a winter emergency kit in your car that contains the
following minimum items: blanket, food like “trail mix”,
flashlight, first aid kit, tow strap, matches, “Sterno” heat
cans, flares, bungee cords, rope, and hand warmers. Don’t
forget to take a few water bottles with you when you travel
in the winter. For additional winter driving safety tips visit:
Outside and Around the Home
• Check your roof for damaged shingles and replace to
prevent leaks during the winter.
• Check that your gutters are clean and free of debris and
downspouts are securely fastened.
• Weatherize your lawn mowers and trimmers.
• Restock your supply of Ice Melt or other de-icers.
• If you have a trailer or 5th wheel, do not forget about
winterizing it by draining the water heater and flushing
it with antifreeze.
• Check all the weather stripping around windows and
doorframes. Feel for cool air coming through and replace
any weather stripping as needed.
• Check the caulking around your windows and doors and
replace if needed.
• Shut off and cover all outside faucets.
• Roll up all hoses and store away.
• If you have heat tape on your water pipes, now’s a good
time to plug them back in and make sure they’re working.
• Winterize your sprinkler system.
• Last but not least, break out your snow shovel and/or
Have a safe and enjoyable winter!