At Ricotta, we’ve been blogging about helpful winterizing tips for your home.
First and foremost, have an expert from Ricotta check your heating unit to be sure it is clean, has a new filter, and is in top shape for the cold season ahead.
Here are some more ways to save energy, stay safe and warm, and keep your home operating at its peak.
4) Check the Exterior, Doors and Windows
- Inspect exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them.
- Check weather stripping around doors and re-caulk windows as necessary
- If your home has a basement, consider protecting its window wells by covering them with plastic shields.
- Switch out summer screens with glass replacements from storage. If you have storm windows, install them.
5) Service Weather-Specific Equipment
- Drain gas from lawnmowers.
- Service or tune-up snow blowers.
6) Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Buy extra smoke detector batteries and change them when daylight savings ends.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and / or water heater and test all detectors to be sure they work
- Buy a fire extinguisher or replace an extinguisher older than 10 years.
7) Prevent Plumbing Freezes
- Drain all garden hoses.
- Insulate exposed plumbing pipes.
- Drain air conditioner pipes and, if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off.
- If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least 55 degrees.
At Ricotta, we’re here to help you get ready for the cold weather ahead.