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Winter preparedness: How to get your home ready before winter arrives

Is your home ready for winter? The official first day of winter may be a month away, but we recommend you start taking steps to prepare yourself to stay safe and warm throughout the cold winter months.

Before winter arrives, you should;

  1. Change the filters on your furnace
    • During winter, change the filter out every month, as your heating system is being used more frequently.
  2. Reverse Ceiling fans
    • Switch ceiling fans to rotate clockwise. When fans rotate clockwise during colder months, this helps push the heat down.
  3. Test your sump pump
    • This is important to keep your basement dry throughout the winter season. All you need to do is pour some water into the pit and see if your sump pump turns on.
  4. Protect your air conditioner
    • You'll want to cover your air conditioning unit for winter. Even though they are built for the outdoors, they can easily be damaged by falling ice.
    • If you don't have a cover, one trick is to place a sheet of plywood followed by a few bricks on tops.
  5. Clean gutters and downspouts
    • Clear out your gutters and downspouts of any sticks, pine cones, and leaves. This will allow snow to drain properly. In addition, direct gutters away from your home to prevent leaks and flooding in your home.
  6. Remove & trim tree branches
    • Remove tree limbs away from any power lines to prevent outages and damages.
    • Trim dead limbs to prevent them from falling on your home during a winter storm.
  7. Protect pots
    • Store your pots made of porcelain or clay in a shed or garage as they can crack in winter temperatures.
  8. Start buying salt/ice melt
    • Purchase some before the first snowfall, you'll thank yourself later.
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