By: Chris Nielsen, Residential Energy Advisor at Dead River Company
Fall is a great time to start preparing your home for the upcoming winter season. There are many things you can do to make your life easier once the cold weather (and inevitably snow) officially rolls in. As a Residential Energy Advisor for Dead River Company, I wanted to share my fall checklist to not only help you maintain your home, but your family’s comfort and safety.
- Turn off the water supply to your exterior faucets, making sure to drain any water from the pipes to protect against bursts. Don’t forget to store garden hoses and reels inside.
- If you’d rather not rake the leaves, use your lawnmower to shred them. They’ll break down over the winter and provide nutrients for your lawn.
- Weatherize your lawn mower before storing it away for the winter by cleaning off the blades, emptying the gas tank, and changing the oil.
- Wipe down and dry any outdoor furniture or appliances (gas grill), and store them inside or cover tightly with a waterproof cover to protect them from winter elements.
- Prepare your snow & ice removal tools so you’re ready for the first snowfall- shovels, snow blowers, and ice melt. Make sure you have gas for your snow blower.
- Put your ice scraper and a small shovel in your car in the event you’re not at home when a snow storm hits.
- Check the weather stripping and caulking on your door and window frames. To prevent heat from escaping, repair or replace where necessary.
- Arrange for an annual tune-up of your heating system if you haven’t had one since last heating season. This ensures your system is running efficiently and ready to take on another cold season.
- Check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If it’s been a while since you’ve changed them, now would be a good time for new batteries.
- Adjust your programmable thermostat if needed so your heat is ready to go when the cold weather sets in. Most programmable thermostats run on batteries – be sure to check them if your thermostat won’t turn on.
- If you want to be extra prepared and beat the crowd during the first major storm, check out our winter storm preparation checklist and start stocking up on these items. You know you’ll likely need them at some point this winter!
As always, if you have any questions about prepping your home or your heating system for winter, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’re happy to help!