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Dec 02 2009

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Helpful Tips for Winterizing your Home

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chimney cleaningWinter is fast approaching. It is time to start winterizing your home. Spending a little time everyday over the next week or two will have prepared without adding too many extras to your already long “to do list.” This list of tips will help you.

 

·         Your house is going to be closed up for several months with no fresh air circulating through open windows so take some time to clean the dust off all the things you rarely clean like ceiling fans and blinds. Clean curtains and drapes. Change the filters in humidifiers.

·         Have your furnace serviced by a professional. Check filters and pilot lights.

·         Clean the chimney and flue before you use them.

·         Remove or protect window air conditioning units with durable plastic.

·         Drafts are a major cause of energy loss throughout the cold months and give you a rising energy bill. Check door and window seals. Make necessary repairs. Put up storm windows if necessary.

·         Put away out of season clothing. If you haven’t worn it in the last year put it in a pile for charity. Organize your winter clothing in your closet. Children’s clothing requires a little more thought. Ask yourself if it will still fit next year and if your child likes to wear each clothing piece. For those that you answer “yes” to, determine if they are still in good condition. Put those items in a storage bin for next year. Get rid of everything else and organize winter clothing.

·         Prepare riding mowers, the lawn mower and even tractors for winter storage. Change air filters and spark plugs so you won’t have to do it in the spring.

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Sep 30 2009

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Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

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Summer has past and fall is here. With winter is just around the corner, autumn is the perfect time to take care of a few things inside and outside your home before winter weather arrives. The home maintenance checklist below will help you complete all the necessary tasks that might otherwise be forgotten without this little reminder.

 

·         Inspect weatherstripping around exterior doors and windows for signs of deterioration and replace it or make necessary repairs.

·         Keep an eye out for sales and deals on close out items left over from summer. Purchase and/or replace any lawn and garden tools. You’ll be ready for next spring at half the price.

·         Shampoo carpets and paint interior rooms while it is still warm enough outside to leave the windows open.

·         Check your heating system and make sure it is functioning properly. Check filters and pilot lights. Schedule an appointment to have your heating system service by a professional. Winterizing Your Home

·         Vacuum and clean dust from vents, ducts, cold air returns and baseboard heaters.

·         Remove and store window air conditioning units. Units that cannot be removed should be covered with plastic for protection throughout the winter.

·         Detach hoses in case of freezing temperatures and store them in the garage or garden shed.

·         Clean gutters after all the leaves have fallen and make sure downspouts are functioning properly.

·         Set automatic sprinklers for winter.

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