Seasonal Reminders

Winter is coming… Here are some seasonal reminders to help you prepare.

  • Have boilers and furnaces serviced, including chimney cleaning.
  • Have fuel tanks filled and resume automatic delivery.
  • Order wood and pellets for secondary heating sources.
  • Have wood and pellet stove chimneys cleaned and appliances checked for safe operation.
  • Turn on circulating pumps if turned off for the summer months.
  • Disconnect garden hoses from hose bibs and turn off hose bib water supply lines, and have them drained.
  • Ensure all smoke and CO detectors are not outdated and that they are in working order.
  • Clean filters and turn on ventilation systems often referred to as HRV’s (heat recovery ventilators, air-to-air exchangers, or HVAC’s).
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams and ensure proper water flow.
  • Check doors and windows for drafts. Replace worn-out weatherstripping or caulk as necessary.
  • Check trees around your property for dead or hanging branches that might fall under the weight of snow or due to winter storms.
  • Rake leaves and store summer garden tools. Prepare your garden and plants for winter.
  • Ensure you have a winter emergency kit, including flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, bottled water, non-perishable food, and first-aid supplies.
  • With shorter days, ensure that your outdoor lighting is functional, especially along pathways.
  • Winterize vehicles by checking antifreeze levels, tire tread and pressure, and replacing wipers with winter blades.