While summer isn’t quite over, the end is getting closer. Children are getting ready to go back to school (if they haven’t already) and I have already seen pictures from friends of trees with changing leaves. With summer’s passing let’s look at the ways you can prepare your home and driveway for the winter to come.
• Fill any driveway cracks and seal it yearly.
• Clean gutters and downspouts.
• Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
• Add weather-stripping to doors and windows where needed.
• Check storm windows cracked or dirty, repair and clean them if needed.
• Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.
• Remove hoses from spigots and drain and store indoors, coiled and flat.
• Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
• Test snow blower and have it professionally serviced if necessary.
• Order firewood – it’s not too early. Hardwoods such as oak, hickory and maple burn hotter and cleaner.
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the fall.
• Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and install weather stripping where it’s needed.
• Have furnace professionally inspected and cleaned. Install (and program) programmable thermostats. (Program temperatures between 56-60 during the day and when you’re away and 68 while home.)
• If needed, set traps for rodents – it’s their nesting time.
• Inspect insulation for good condition and to see if you may need more.
• Clean dryer vent inside and out – this should be on your to-do list every six months.