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Checklist: Getting your home ready for winter

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  • 14. Drain your outdoor water faucet and turn off water supply on the inside. Dreamstime

  • Put clear plastic over windows. Dreamstime

  • Check and clean furnace ducts. Dreamstime

  • Change furnace filter. Dreamstime

  • Cover outdoor furniture and grill. Dreamstime

  • 10. Reverse ceiling fans. Dreamstime

  • Clean out the gutters. Dreamstime

  • Check and clean chimney flue. Dreamstime

  • 13. Winterize your air conditioner hoses and pipes. Dreamstime

  • Make sure you have adequate insulation between the attic and ceiling. Dreamstime

  • 12. Caulk and weatherstrip around windows. Dreamstime

  • Put storm doors and windows on. Dreamstime



Friday, November 17, 2017

It’s been cold and windy and forecasts have already included warnings of snow showers.

The heavy coats have been pulled out of the back of the closets as have the gloves and the hats.

Even though there are still lots of leaves to rake, winter is well on its way. So, if you haven’t yet begun to get your house ready, it’s time to get going.

Following is a checklist to help.

1. Check and clean the chimney flue. Make sure it is clear of creosote.

2. Clean out gutters to prevent ice jams.

3. Put clear plastic over windows to keep cold winds out.

4. Put storm doors and windows on for the same reason.

5. Cover the outdoor furniture and the grill if you can’t bring them into a basement or storage shed.

6. Make sure you have adequate insulation between the attic and ceiling.

7. Check and clean the furnace ducts.

8. Change the furnace filter.

9. Reverse your ceiling fans which run counterclockwise for cooling. During winter, the heater-generated warm rises to the ceiling while cooler air sinks. By switching the direction of the fan blades, cooler air is drawn upward, forcings the warmer air near the ceiling back down into the living space.

10. Caulk and weatherstrip around windows.

11. Winterize your air conditioner hoses and pipes.

12. Drain your outdoor water faucet and turn off water supply on the inside.