Now that fall is officially here, it's time to prepare your home for cold weather. Because your home is a huge investment, proper maintenance will protect your investment, as well as lower your utility bills.

Follow these simple tips:

  • Have your furnace or heat pump inspected by a qualified technician
  • Reverse your ceiling fans to rotate in a clockwise direction after you turn on your heat
  • Check the roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles. Also check and repair flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys
  • Apply exterior caulk to window and door frames as needed. Silicone caulk is best for exterior, because it doesn't shrink
  • Apply weather stripping around exterior doors and windows as needed
  • Clean gutters and check for any damage to gutters that would prevent them from functioning properly.
  • Add extensions to downspouts to divert water at least 3 to 4 feet away from foundation
  • Disconnect all exterior water faucets and drain excess water from faucets
  • Mow leaves instead of raking them. They will decompose and nourish your lawn through the winter months
  • Test your sump pump by slowly pouring 3 to 4 gallons of water into the sump pit to make sure the pump turns on

Now relax and enjoy the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of the fall season!

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