Fall Tips for getting the Inside of your home ready for winter.
- Have a heating professional check your heating system every year.
- Replace your furnace filter.
- Woodburning stove connector pipes and chimneys should be inspected by a certified chimney sweep at least annually.
- Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic and basement. While checking your insulation, if you see any dark, dirty spots, it may indicate you have air leaks coming into your home.
- Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers.
- Test all smoke alarms. Replace batteries as necessary.
- Check your home around windows and doors for air leaks. An easy way to check for leaks is to move a lighter around the window or door frame and see if the flame moves with a breeze. If you find a leak, you can caulk it or you may have to replace the wood frame. Repairing these leaks can save you money on your energy bill during the cold months.
- Check for water leaks in ceiling. Repair if needed.
- Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs.
- Protect your home from frozen pipes. See below.
- Test your emergency generator.
- Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss.
- Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring.
- All exterior doors should have deadbolt locks.
- All stairs of at least three risers should have a handrail.
- Make sure you have enough wood cut and stacked to burn during the winter months. This will prevent you from running out and having to pay a higher price for it later. Always make sure you have a small stack close to your home to have quick access to if there is a lot of snow on the ground. When buying wood, make sure it is not "green". Green wood will not burn.
- Make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blower are in good shape. Check your shovel handle for possible cracks or breaks and replace if needed. Have the routine maintenance performed on your snow blower.
- Review your fire escape plan with your family. If you don't have a plan, create one!
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