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Old Man Winter Has Arrived!

INSIDE THE HOUSE
Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating/air-conditioning professional. Most manufacturers recommend inspections once a year.

Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.  Make sure both are in proper working order.

Have your fireplace & chimney inspected and cleaned. Blocked chimneys do not provide proper ventilation and can lead to fires.

Insulate your hot water heater with a thermal blanket. Hot water heaters waste energy so make yours more efficient by wrapping a thermal blanket around it, especially if the heater is located in the garage or an area that is not heated.

Add insulation to your attic and crawl spaces.

Wrap your exposed pipes in your attic with towels, blankets. You can find insulation made specifically for pipes at your local hardware store.

OUTSIDE THE HOUSE

Check gutters and clean them if necessary.

Drain all your garden hoses and remove nozzles and sprayers.

Be sure to turn your sprinkler and irrigation systems off or on “manual” mode. Your don’t want your sidewalks or driveways to freeze.

Protect your lawnmower by draining the gas and storing it somewhere protected from the elements.

For your potted plants, if you can’t move them inside, scoot them next to your house’s wall or onto the patio, and cover them with plastic, towels or blankets.

If your soil is dry, be sure and thoroughly water your shrubs and landscape plants before a hard freeze. You can also mulch these with pine straw, leaves or other loose material and throw old towels, blankets or plastic over these as well.

With these easy suggestions, you can keep your home toasty warm on the inside and protect your outside garden tools and landscaping from “Old Man Winter’s grasp!

Until next month...stay warm and dry!