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Prepare your home for winter

Other Helpful Tips:

-Make sure your heating system is prepared: It is always a good idea to have a licensed HVAC technician to properly service and maintenance your HVAC unit at least once a year. You want to make sure it is ready to operate normally and efficiently to avoid any issues in the colder months. And always make sure to regularly change your air return filter for efficient operation and avoid your coil from getting gunked up or blocked.

-Check your fireplace and chimney: If you use your fireplace, you want to have it inspected and serviced by a licensed chimney sweep. Over time soot and creosote can build on the interior of the chimney and cause potential fire hazards. Also make sure there are no birds nest, debris, or leaves blocking the chimney opening and check for any cracks in the firebox or chimney flue.

-Check batteries and operation for all smoke or carbon monoxide detectors

-Insulate water piping in unheated areas such as crawlspaces, or near doors and windows to prevent pipes from freezing and potentially burst

-Clean roof and gutters of any leaves or debris

-Check your attic (or crawlspace) for adequate insulation: If your home is not properly insulated, your heating system is going to have to work harder over the winter. If you do not have an adequate amount of insulation, consider adding additional insulation to improve your home's energy efficiency.

-Reverse your ceiling fans: If you have ceiling fans, there should be a switch under the blades to change the direction of operation. Running your fan blades clockwise during the colder months will help push the heat down.

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