This is my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors. The heat and humidity of summer are over and the bitter cold of winter has not set in yet. The days are warm and the nights are cool. Perfect for being outside and enjoying all Vermont has to offer.
This is also the time of year that we begin to prepare for a long winter. I spent this weekend cutting back my flower beds, closing the screened in porch and putting away summer lawn chairs. We had plenty of firewood delivered and raked leaves. We are ready for snow! Here are some tips to help you prepare your home for winter:
- Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
- Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.
- Call a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote. Inspect the fireplace damper to make sure it opens and closes properly. This is especially important if you have a wood-stove.
- Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
- Store your firewood in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
- Check the exterior of your home, doors and windows for crevices and cracks; seal them.
- Inspect roof, gutters and downspouts.
- Check your foundation for cracks. Rake away all debris and leaves.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- When you put your Christmas tree up, make sure to keep it watered.
The majority of homeowner claims in the winter are fire related. These tips will help to keep you and your family safe this winter. In the meantime, get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather!