Tis the season ... for home and holiday preparations! The little ones are making their lists and checking them ... here's your check/do list of winter seasonal interior and exterior home preparations.
Winter Seasonal Interior Home Prep
Chimneys - Clean and inspect as chimney soot buildup can lead to fires and critters can nest causing obstructions.
Dryer Vents - Clean dryer and vent system to prevent fires.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Check and/or replace batteries and make sure fire extinguishers have not expired.
Furnace - Schedule furnace maintenance to change the HVAC filters and ensure your furnace is running optimally.
Window Air Condition Units - Leaving an air conditioner unit exposed to the elements can be hazardous to the unit.
Winter Seasonal Exterior Home Preparations
Gaps - Seal gaps to keep critters out and keep the heat in your home.
Gutters - Once most of the leaves have fallen, clean outside gutters to protect the roof and siding.
Faucets - Shut off exterior faucets and drain irrigation. Leaving garden hoses attached to outdoor faucets can cause frozen pipes if temperatures dip below freezing which is why it's important to shut off exterior faucets and drain your irrigation system.
Pathways/Stairs - Keep exterior walkways in good condition to simplify snow removal and minimize the potential of someone falling from icy conditions.
Trees and Bushes - Consider hiring an arborist to prune trees and bushes to avoid falling limbs in winter storms.
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter and https://energy.gov/energysaver/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits
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