I'm a bit chilly in my sandals this morning. Fall is in the air!
It's time to tackle the "get-ready-for-winter list." If you haven't, now is the time to:
- Schedule your annual furnance check-up. A professional can help you to be certain it's operating safely and efficiently and provide you info about furnance filters (which should be changed monthly). Consider a furnance replacement if yours is older than 15 years.
- Check windows and doors. Are they closing properly? Could some new caulking and weatherstripping seal up air leaks? Better to do this on a warm afternoon than a snowy day.
- Check for gaps around pipes and wires that go through exterior walls; caulk so air can't leak through.
- Have your chimney cleaned and checked by a professional.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home.
- Insulate crawl spaces and pipes and ducts that run through unheated areas.
- Schedule when you'll have your irrigation system blown out to prevent freezing, broken lines and equipment. Consider adding a reminder on your calendar too, to water once or twice a month on warmer winter days to help prevent winter kill.
- Clean your windows. A wise man once told me to always clean mine after the monsoon ends, so they'll let the max amount of light and warmth in during winter.
The good news is, you can tackle most of these over the next few weeks when there's almost always a ballgame to listen to and the afternoon temps are nearly perfect. You'll be glad you did when temps are below freezing and the snow is flying.