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Getting Ready for Winter

home_in_winterBefore you know it old man winter will be blowing across Indianapolis and the snow will be flying. While school aged children are always excited for the seasonal temperatures and plenty of outdoor fun, us adults don’t look upon this time with such glee. In years past we have left our home to time and chance, but this year we are doing some preventative maintenance to ensure that our home is ready for the winter. We have had broken pipes and other sorts of problems but by following a few general tips, you too can get your home ready for winter.

Have Your HVAC Serviced

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your HVAC unit serviced. The thing you don’t want to happen is that you’re in the dead of winter and it is bitter cold, and you have no heat. Rather than be as cold as ice, have someone come in and check the system and make sure it is ready for the extreme temperatures.

Seal Your Pipes

A broken pipe is a headache that I don’t ever want to have to deal with again. Any pipes in your home that are exposed and not protected underneath the home need to be insulated. There are special devices for those pipes that are prone to be frozen. A quick trip to the hardware store can get you everything you need for nearly pennies to protect your pipes. If it’s really cold, open the cupboard doors and leave a trickle of water going, this will help.

Clean Your Gutters

After all the leaves of autumn are done falling to the ground, make sure and clean out the gutters. There is lots of precipitation in the wintertime and you want to make sure that you have gutters that are clean. If you have some that need replaced, there are many gutter services in Indianapolis who are more than willing to help out. Clogged gutters can cause major problems, clean them out and allow all the snow and ice to be carried off the roof and back to the ground where it belongs.

Clean the Chimney

If you have a fireplace or a pellet stove, you are probably going to use this to supplement the heating. Make sure to have a chimney sweep come out and look at the chimney. They can identify any potential problems. Chimney fires are devastating and can cause you a great deal of harm. Avoid the headache and have it inspected before you use it.

Check Smoke Alarms

Since it is fire session, it is a good time to check the fire alarms and carbon monoxide detector. If you have a gas furnace, carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. Make sure that you have good batteries and that they are in working order. Smoke alarms are not expensive to replace and if you need to replace them, this is a good time.

Reverse The Ceiling Fans

Most people think that a ceiling fan is just for the summer months, but they are great to help with the heating bills in the winter months too. By reversing the ceiling fan, it can bring the warm air back from the ceiling and back down to the level where everyone is. This can help dramatically because warm air rises and sending it back down is just smart.

By doing a few things around the home, it is easy to ensure that the house is ready for winter. We made ourselves a checklist and wanted to ensure that we make sure each item was done, that way we can ensure that our home is ready for inclement weather.

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