September 29, 2018 | Macy Maxwell
#1 Home Safety 
Before it is time close up your house and turn on the heat, you should make a point to check all of your safety devices to ensure that they work properly. Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure your fire extinguishers aren’t expired.

#2 Schedule Furnace Maintenance 
Once the cold season arrives, your HVAC service is likely to be busy on service calls. Instead, scheduling a furnace check now will help to make sure that your furnace is functioning optimally.  Now is the time to catch small furnace problems before they cause large ― and expensive ― problems during a cold snap

#3 Improve Insulation 
With improved insulation in your attic and walls, you’ll be better able to prevent cold air from seeping into your interior. When cold drafts get into your home, they force your furnace to work overtime to heat your house. This leads to higher energy bills. Although it may be expensive, investing in insulation can help you save on energy costs.

#4 Ready Quilts and Blankets 
Updating your stock of stored quilts and winter blankets is a good idea to be ready for the cold weather coming our way. Also, you might want to have your flannel sheets and pillowcases ready as well.

#1 Check for Cracks 
Look for cracks in your home’s foundation and seal them properly to prevent cold drafts from getting inside. In doing so, you will eliminate entryways for unwanted critters like mice into your home.

#2 Check Your Roof 
It’s important to check your roof for problems before cold weather hits. Check for loose shingles and make any necessary repairs before the autumn storms arrive. Don’t forget to check your gutters while you’re on the roof as well. Even if you'll have to clean out your gutters after all the leaves have fallen, making sure the gutters are clean before this happens will ensure optimal drainage.

#3 Reinforce Doors and Windows 
Before the cold weather hits, set aside a day to replace your door and window screens with storm windows. You can also add weather stripping to doors and windows to help keep cool air from seeping inside.

#4 Trim Your Trees 
If you notice any dead branches or decaying limbs on the trees of your property, trimming (or having a service trim) these is smart to avoid any damage. These limbs can become hazardous when loaded with ice and snow. They can also prove vulnerable to winds, so it’s best to remove them before they can fall on your house or vehicle.



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