You may still be indulging in leftover Halloween candy, but November is upon us, and the temperatures are already dropping. Before we know it, Old Man Winter will visit Northeast Ohio – and stay for a long, cold stretch of time. As a homeowner, you probably already know that Old Man Winter is not the best houseguest. In fact, winter’s frigid temperatures and icy storms can wreak serious havoc on your home – the one place you rely on to keep you and your family safe, warm and dry. Is your home ready for the challenge? It can be with these important prep tips!

Stay Cozy Inside

You’ll be spending a lot of time indoors, so that’s a great place to start when it comes to winter prep. One of the biggest tasks to tackle is prepping your heating system. Stay warm and toasty by taking time to:

  • Change your air filter for cleaner, more efficient operation
  • Vacuum your vents and air ducts for better airflow
  • Close high returns and open low returns for improved airflow
  • Set your programmable thermostat (get one if you don’t have one yet!) to increase efficiency
  • Schedule your annual, manufacturer recommended tune-up to ensure safe, efficient heating

Of course, getting your home winter-ready involves more than just your furnace. Your plumbing and electrical systems need a little extra love, too. Here are a few helpful reminders:

Outside Prep Is Important, Too

The outside of your house is your home’s first defense against the elements, which makes outdoor prep work a big part of getting ready for winter. Make sure you:

  • Clean your gutters to minimize damage to roofing, siding and trim
  • Add extensions to your downspouts to divert water from the foundation
  • Turn off outdoor spigots and disconnect all hoses to prevent frozen pipes
  • Check your roof for loose, damaged or missing shingles that could cause leaks
  • Inspect your meter base for corrosion and water damage

Make Safety a Priority

Whether you’re inside or out, safety should be your number one priority this winter. Here are a few general winter safety tips to keep in mind before the winter weather hits:

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test your security system and lights
  • Familiarize yourself with where your electrical panel and water shut-off valves are in case of emergency
  • Keep a stocked first aid kit in your home and car

Remember, winter can come at any time in Northeast Ohio, so don’t wait too long to get started on this checklist. If you see any items we can help you with, give us call! Blind & Sons is happy to inspect your furnace, generator or any other part of your home’s comfort systems.