Fall Back- tips for preparing for winter

We can tell by the colours on the trees and the nip in the morning air that fall is here and will soon be followed with winter.  Now is the time to get your home tuned up for the chilly months ahead. 

Here are 5 tips to get you started.

Replace your furnace and fridge filters.
For heating and cooling systems to operate properly the filters need to be changed frequently. If you have an automatic ice maker and cold-water dispenser, now is the time to replace the filter in your refrigerator to ensure fresh tasting ice and water. 

Help your washer to keep working at it's best and smelling fresh.
Odor-causing residues and mould and mildew stains have the potential to accumulate anywhere moisture is present - including your washing machine. To reduce this build up use a washer cleaning kit every time the seasons change.

Run all gas-powered lawn equipment outside until the fuel tank is empty.
This will ensure that your lawn mower is not a fire hazard if you store it in the garage over the winter.

Change batteries in fire detectors and review your fire escape plan.
Batteries weaken with age and must be checked regularly, while smoke alarms become less sensitive over time and should be changed every ten years.

Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.
Also remember to remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures. A chimney with soot and creosol build-up or birds' nests can be a fire hazard. Also remember that gas fireplaces need to be cleaned annually and especially if you have had interior renovations done.  The accumulation of dust is a fire hazard.

Betty Hancey

Betty Hancey

Sales Representative
CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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