Preparing Your Home (Cold Weather) - September

Before the cold weather hits, here are a few things you should do to get your home ready for the coming cold-weather seasons and to boost energy efficiency:

  • Walk all around your property checking for anything that needs repair before inclement weather arrives.
  • Inspect your roof, and schedule repairs if needed.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts throughout the fall and winter.
  • Look up the chimney for blockages, check that the damper is working, and schedule it for servicing and cleaning.
  • Disconnect garden hoses and drain water still in faucets. If you do not have frost-proof faucets, install a foam insulated faucet cover or turn the shutoff valve to off inside your home.
  • Stow your mower and other gardening equipment, drain fuel, and clean yard tools to prevent rust.
  • Check your trees for any weak areas that could cause damage during a fall or winter storm.
  • Rake or mow over leaves before winter comes to ensure a healthy lawn when spring arrives.
  • Check crawl-spaces for flooding after the first long rainfall.
  • Make sure your attic and crawl-spaces have adequate insulation.
  • Clean out the bathroom fan/filter.
  • Inspect your furnace or heat pump to ensure that it can achieve maximum efficiency or schedule a service appointment. Be sure to install a new filter to start the indoor heating season.
  • Check to make sure your thermostat works properly.
  • Turn your gas fireplace pilot light ON.
  • Repair any window cracks or holes in weather stripping or caulking. If the gap is bigger than the width of a nickel, reapply exterior caulk. Similarly, fill any gaps and holes where critters can enter.
  • Continually check your air vents (and dryer vent) to make sure they aren’t blocked.
  • Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Make a fire escape plan for your house, and take time to review it with all family members.
  • Make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of the house and in the garage.
  • Make sure you have new batteries in all flashlights, and place them where they can be easily found around the house.
  • Stock up on supplies for fall and winter, including snow shovels, ice melt products, ice scrapers and seasoned firewood.