Take a walk around the rooms in your home and make a list of things to do based on these items. None of these tasks involve a large investment but they’ll go a long way in keeping the interior of your home safe and sound all year long.
Schedule an annual heating system tune up to make sure the unit is running and properly adjusted. Make sure the furnace filter is changed or cleaned and the air ducts are sealed and not leaking.
- Hire a chimney sweep to clean the chimney and remove any build-up of creosote.
- Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check fire extinguishers to make sure they’re charged and in working order.
- Change the batteries and reset your programmable thermostat for your winter heating schedule.
- Install weatherstripping on the inside of old windows to seal any gaps and prevent air infiltration.
- Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check fire extinguishers to make sure they’re charged and in working order
- SUMP PUMP HOW-TO: Clean out the sump pump, which is the best defense against water seepage and flooding in your basement. Remove debris that may clog the pump and make sure the pump works. Connect a garden hose to a tub faucet and fill the sump with water. The pump should come on long before the sump pit fills. If it doesn’t make sure it’s plugged in and check and that the fuse is not blown. If the pump still does not work, have it serviced.
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