Winterize your Home
It’s been a wonderful fall season! Now that winter is fast approaching, here are a few maintenance items to complete before the snow flies.
-Winterize any exterior plumbing connections. Shut off the interior valves and bleed out the air to prevent freezing in the water pipes over the winter.
-Shut off the breaker for your air conditioner. There’s a small heater in the bottom of the compressor on the exterior of your home. It uses about as much power as a 40 watt light bulb. There’s no sense in wasting all that energy over the winter. Just remember to turn the breaker on again at least 24 hours prior to using the air conditioner in the spring so it can heat the oil again in the compressor.
-Prepare your heating system for the season ahead by having it properly serviced.
-Change your furnace filter.
-Check flashings around all roof vents, skylights and other openings.
-Trim back tree limbs and vegetation that has grown close to the house.
-Clean out leaves and residue from your eaves troughs. Extend
downspouts about 6 feet out from the foundation to ensure good drainage.
-Check caulking for deterioration around all openings and joints between wood, capping and masonry.
-Check weather-stripping to ensure air tightness around doors.
Preparing your home throughout the seasons ensures a safe and healthy home.