As the cooler months approach, there are fundamental things that needs to be taken to prepare yourself, your home and your family for winter. Every home should be thoroughly prepared for winter. Here are the top 5 things we find to be the most important for your home and family.

  1. Maintenance your furnace: Take precaution, check your filters, get your ducts cleaned and call a technician to come check your fans, pilot and cleanliness of the furnace, before the temperature drops and you are stuck in a cold house.

  2. Cover your air conditioning unit: As it cools down, the leaves get wet, they get into your unit as well as other debris and the debris can damage the fins of the air conditioner when you turn it back on in spring. Avoid the hassle later by getting a cover and saving you time and money.

  3. Weather-strip your windows: By placing a small strip of tape in the sills of the windows, you can save money, keep your furnace from working so hard and keep your family warmer. The cool air won’t come through forcing you to crank up the heat. 

  4. Clean your gutters: A simple task as cleaning your gutters will prevent damage to the exterior of your home, it will help to prevent freezing gutters and even possible leaks into the home from an over loaded gutter.

  5. Remove outdoor hoses: Water can stay in the hose and freeze. If that hose is connected to the house, it can freeze those pipes, making a huge issue for leaking and bursting pipes. 

This fall, as it cools off, prepare yourself, your home and your family with these 5 simple steps. It comes quickly, so start prepping now.