Fall may have only recently started, but chilly temperatures will be here before we know it. Stay ahead of Mother Nature and prepare your home before she pays a chilly visit.
Back in August, the Old Farmer’s Almanac came out with a 2016 preview for the upcoming winter in the Pacific Northwest. The almanac predicts that the snowiest times will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid-to late February. The editor of the almanac, Janice Stillman, said that “anybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas.” Even though it is supposed to be a warmer winter, it is still a good idea to be proactive for when the weather does cool down and whether we see snow or not.
Below are some tips for weatherizing your home or office:
*Schedule your annual fire system inspection for cleaning and fresh batteries
*Reset timers on cameras, camera lighting and DVRs to allow for later, darker nights
*Inspect doors and windows for strength and security
*Install outdoor/motion lighting
*Trim your trees often so no limbs fall onto your car or home
*Remove ladders or anything that can be used to climb onto
*Purchase a de-icer for sidewalks, walkways and parking lots
*Check security lenses for any possible obstructions like fog or dew
*Install at least one carbon dioxide monitor especially if you use a gas fireplace
*Keep your heat running, even on vacation, so pipes won’t freeze
*Get your chimney swept at least once a year
*Ensure your attic has enough insulation
*Caulk your windows and doors
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