How to prepare for the fall

- As we see that summer is finally winding down, there's a few simple thing to do to make sure you will be ready for this coming winter season. I use the first day of fall to remind me to take care of a few things around the house to make sure I'm prepared for winter-time. Here's a list of things that might apply to you as well.

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarm. One should be located on each level of your home. If you have the type that is hard wired in, press the test button to make sure it's still working.
  • Change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector. Some of these are battery operated while others are plugged directly into the outlets. Check and see which kind you have. These should be located in bedrooms or living rooms. Never in furnace or utility rooms.
  • Remove hoses from all outdoor faucets and make sure they are drained. Turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets if the water lines are not located in a heated space or if you do not have frost proof faucets.
  • If you have storm windows, now's a good time to get those up. Storm windows serve as an additional barrier against the cold winter winds and can help keep your heating bill lower.
  • Check the gutter on your house. Make sure they are cleaned and will drain water properly. This will help prevent ice damming when we really get into the winter season.
  • Have a trained professional clean and maintain your fireplace chimney. Creosote (kre-a-sote) can build up and become very dangerous unless cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Finally, if you do have water lines that run through an unconditioned space, plug in your heat tape. The last thing you'll want is frozen or busted water pipes.
  • Just a little time and effort can save you lotsa dollars by being prepared in advance.

Oh and since it's getting dark sooner now, this is also a good time to change the batteries in your TV remote. You wouldn't want to actually get up and change channels by hand would you?

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