Six steps to prepare your home for winter according to the experts

‘Tis the season for pumpkin picking, cider drinking, and, depending on your locale, getting your home prepared for the snow to start falling. From the concrete in your basement to the top bricks of your chimney, read on to ensure your home is winterized and ready for the season ahead.

Hire Snow Removal
If you’re feeling ready to ditch the snow blower and shovel routine, there are pros in your area ready to help. Hiring snow removal for yourself or a family member can provide mental and physical peace before your city’s first big snow! Reach out now to service providers in your area to get a head start. 

Heating System Maintenance 
Boiler in need of a tune up? Haven’t replaced the air filter in your furnace for a few seasons? It’s likely time for some preventative maintenance. Set up an annual contract with HVAC providers now to avoid a chilly emergency later.

Gutter Clean Up
The leaves are starting to fall, which means the main line of defense against unwanted water can get clogged up faster than ever. While the frequency with which gutters need to be cleaned can depend on climate and the density of surrounding trees, most professionals recommend clean up in the fall as a general rule of thumb. See if your neighbors are interested in collaborating in a street-wide gutter clean!

Stock Winter Essentials
It’s not quite time to break out the heated blanket and space heater yet, but it is time to stock your home with everything you’ll need for the first snowfall. Items like rock salt (have a dog? Consider a paw friendly option), a door guard for drafty doors, fresh caulk, and snow removal gear if you are opting to DIY are a must.

Chimney Cleaning
If you have a well-loved fireplace that gets a lot of action throughout the winter, ensure the chimney masonry isn’t in need of work, and that the fireplace and chimney have had a fresh cleaning. Look up providers in your area to avoid a safety emergency, and keep that fire burning all winter long.

Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat
Making the switch from a standard thermostat to a smart thermostat can have lasting positive effects on both your energy bill and the environment. Never mind the fact that they allow you to control our home’s temperature remotely! Shop energy solution providers for insight on what’s best for your home.

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