|PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR WINTER AHEAD
As fall blankets our surroundings with its rich palette of colors, it signals that it's the opportune moment to address significant home repair projects. The diminishing daylight, combined with potential snow and ice, can make outdoor tasks quite a challenge. Autumn is the window to not only boost your home's energy efficiency but also to safeguard it against potential winter storm damages. Follow this checklist to ensure that by the time winter knocks, your home is ready to stay warm, comfy, and safe.
WINTER ESSENTIALS STOCK UP
- Assess the condition of your snow shovels and ice scrapers; replenish if necessary.
- Secure a bag of ice melt that's considerate to both pets and plants.
- Update your emergency kits for both car and residence.
- If a snow blower is in your arsenal, ensure it's serviced and fueled.
WINTER-PROOFING WATER OUTLETS
- Prioritize shutting off exterior faucets before temperatures reach freezing points to protect your pipes.
- Methodically drain hoses and move them indoors.
- If you utilize an irrigation system, this is the moment to drain and winterize it.
PATHWAY & DRIVEWAY ASSESSMENT
- Survey the condition of walkways, railings, and stairs to ensure safe navigation during icy conditions.
- Monitor the state of your driveway for a seamless shoveling experience when the snow arrives.
ILLUMINATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
- As daylights become more fleeting, exterior lighting plays a pivotal role. Test lights around your home and replenish bulbs if necessary for both safety and ambiance.
SAFETY DEVICE CHECK-UP
- Regularly test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries when required.
- Ensure your fire extinguisher hasn't surpassed its expiration date.
- The autumn season, with its tendency for closed windows, is ideal for radon testing. If radon levels are discovered to be high, promptly consult a contractor adept in rectifying radon issues.
HEATING & COOLING SYSTEMS
- As the heating season dawns, remove accumulated dust from radiators, baseboard heaters, and grates for efficient heating.
- If you've been using window A/C units, consider removing them before the chill sets in. If they must remain, insulating wraps for the exterior are essential to fend off cold drafts.
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