Fall is a time for family funÂ (what time isn’t?!), but there’s more to it than apple picking and pumpkin carving. Fall â€“ while the weather is still warm â€“ is the best time to get your home ready for the chill of winter.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectorÂ and change its batteries.
- ReplaceÂ your furnace filter with aÂ Filtrete Ultra Allergen Reduction Filter. This filter captures 90% of the large particles from the air passing through the filter. Â It also attracts and captures microscopic particles that can carry bacteria and viruses.
- Reverse the direction of your ceiling fansÂ to push warm air down from the ceiling.
- Consider having your furnace inspectedÂ by a professional.
- CarefullyÂ drain your hot water heaterÂ to remove any sediment that’s built up over the past year (or longer).
- Switch out screens in storm doors for glass panels.
- Install storm windows.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a licensed professional.
- Clean and inspect your guttersÂ after the leaves come down.Â Make sure all debris is cleared away so that ice and snow melt can pass easily through, away from your roof and eaves.
- Check your roof for missing or damaged shingles.Â
- Apply caulkÂ anywhere that wires or pipes enter your house as well as around all windows and doors. Seal up any place that water or cold air could penetrate your home!
- Check orÂ install weather-stripping at the bottom of allÂ doors and windows.Â Don’t forget your garage door!
- Coat your driveway with sealerÂ if you haven’t done it this year.
- Drain your garden hose and store it inside for the winter.
- Remove cushions from outdoor furniture and cover anything that stays outside.
- Empty and clean outdoor plantersÂ before putting them inside for the winter.
- Plant spring blooming bulbs.
- Organize your snow removal gear (shovels, snow blowers, etc.).
What have I missed? What else do you do to prepare your home for winter?
This post is sponsored by Filtrete, for whom I am a brand ambassador during the 2014 year. All opinions are my own.
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