You know how the saying goes… winter is coming. The bitter cold and snow will be here before we know it. It’s important to start preparing your home for the season now. By doing your due diligence today, you can save yourself some money tomorrow.
  1. Check Your Heat: One of the most important things you can do now is to check your heating system to make sure everything is running properly. You would hate to have it give out in the middle of the night or on a bitter cold day. Call a professional in to inspect and clean your furnace or heat pump.
  2. Clean Your Gutters: It’s always a good idea to make sure your gutters are clear before winter. Gutters that are full of fall leaves and debris can cause a back up which could damage your home.
  3. Clean the Leaves: Each year many of us go through the tedious task of bagging up the fall leaves. Try mulching them with your lawn mower instead. Not only does it save you time, but the leaves will decompose and feed your lawn all winter.
  4. Get the Chimney Cleaned: One of the leading causes of chimney fires is built up creosote (a highly flammable substance that builds up inside your chimney as a result of burning wood), and it only takes a small amount to cause a fire. Before you think of lighting a match, make sure you call in a professional to do a chimney sweep. 
  5. Prepare for Storms: Be prepared before a big storm hits. Stock up on batteries and get salt for your driveway and walkways. Make sure you find your snow shovels and keep them handy so you aren’t looking for them too.
  6. Seal Leaks: Check around for where cool air may sneak in. Caulk any gaps in windows and doors.
  7. Protect Your Valuables: If you have a grill or patio set outside, make sure they are properly covered for the winter and protected against the elements. These items are pricey and you don’t want damage that could’ve been avoided.
  8. Drain the Faucets: Make sure your outdoor faucets are drained and closed to avoid any bursts.
  9. Cover Any Vents: You don’t want to have an insect or rodent make it their winter home, make sure they are covered.
  10. Test Your Alarms: Make sure your fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms have fresh batteries and work. Carbon monoxide could potentially leak from a furnace, exhaust system or fuel-burning appliance. You cannot smell it, making it very important to check these alarms. Make sure you have at least one on the ground level of each floor.
While checking your home you may discover you are in need of a pricier repair or improvement. Don’t stress… consider taking out a Home Equity Line of Credit. Sikorsky Credit Union can help. Learn more.