The following checklist can help homeowners to prepare their homes and eliminate unnecessary damage, as well as help save on heat-related utility expenses:
> Winterize air conditioning systems. Window units can be removed and stored, and central air units can be covered with a
tarp or plastic sheeting and secured with bungee cords.
> Check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, especially if there is a wood-burning stove or fireplace in
> If the home has a sump pump, be sure to test it to ensure that the basement stays dry in the event of flooding.
> Check for air leaks around windows and doors. As needed, install new weather stripping and caulk to help combat heat
loss in the winter months.
> Be sure that heating vents are open, and are not blocked by furniture or other items.
> Reverse the direction of ceiling fans. Running the blades in a clockwise position pushes heated air down.
> Shut off outdoor water faucets, and remember to flush and store hoses. If you have a sprinkler system, be sure to
winterize that as well.
> Inspect driveways, sidewalks and pavement for cracks. Seal cracks before winter, as water inside the cracks can freeze
and expand, causing further damage.