- Have your local HVAC Company inspect your furnace. This is extremely important, not just in heating, but also making sure it is safe from CO2 leaks, and risk of fire.
- Protect your hose bibs from freezing by covering them.
- Have your chimney cleaned or inspected if you plan to burn wood.
- Inspect your home’s exterior cracks and seal them
- Add weatherstripping to doors where necessary to prevent cold air from coming in.
- Clean your gutters. They maybe full of leaves from the fall. Make sure they are ready to remove the rain water and melting snow.
- Drain the gas from your lawnmower and drain the gas and water from any pressure washers.
- Inspect the attic, garage door, and unfinished basements for proper insulation
- Reverse your ceiling fan. By reversing the direction, your fan will pull warm air down from the ceiling keeping you more comfortable.
- Wrap any exposed pipes that go through unheated spaces like garages or basements, to protect them from freezing.
- Check the operation of your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries.
- Finally, I like to spray Rain-X on my DirecTV satellite dish. this prevents snow and ice buildup so I do not need to get on my ladder in the snow to clean it off to watch TV.
If you take these few steps to prepare your home for winter, you can rest assured it will be more peaceful, comfortable, and affordable.