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Don’t Get Caught Off-Guard This Winter Make Sure To Complete This Checklist!

Winter Maintenance
With the coldest days of winter quickly approaching here at Fairhope, AL, it's important to take some time to prepare your home. As a homeowner, your time is money, because making sure that your home is airtight will save you money on your heating bills.

Your maintenance will also improve your home’s indoor air quality. Here is what you need to know.

Frozen PipeStock Up On Salt

One must-have in your home is a good supply of de-icing salt. Store it somewhere that it is easy to get to, like your front porch or just inside your garage.

Although it stays reasonably warm here through the winter, it doesn’t take much for a thin layer of ice to form on your porch, walkway or driveway.

You can seriously injure yourself if you slip and fall. Spreading de-icing salt will melt the ice on contact and pave the way for you to walk safely.

Make Sure There Is Adequate Insulation

Insulated homeYou need your home to be well insulated in order to keep cool air out and warm air in. A good layer of insulation will accomplish that.

Start in the attic and make sure that insulation is installed right up against the walls and roof. Make sure that it is in good shape and not water damaged or torn. Ensure that exterior walls are well insulated inside your home and in your garage.

Don’t forget things like outdoor plumbing, vents, and conduits that can give the cold air a pathway to sneak into your home. Caulk them up to prevent the leak.

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detector Check As you switch the heat on this winter, it is even more important that your family is protected from the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless, so you need to rely on a good detector to alert you in the event of danger. Similarly, you need working smoke detectors throughout your home to give you time to get out of your home in the event of a fire.

Check that there are fresh batteries in all of your detectors. Use the test button to make sure that they are working. A side note: don’t ever paint over smoke or carbon monoxide detectors. It can make them less effective.

Ensure You Have Good Ventilation

You need good airflow in your home, even in the winter. Why? Because a damp home costs more to heat. A heat exchange vent can help. During the winter, particularly in rooms where there is more moisture, pull furniture out from the walls so air can circulate freely.