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Winter Preparation Checklist

by CustomHomes on Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Snowy treeWinter preparedness is very important to keep you and your family happy, cozy, and safe. Here are a few tips to keep your home safe and warm. If you have any other tips let us know!

Furnace filter check

You will want to check your furnace’s filter on a monthly basis throughout the winter. You will want to replace the filter almost as regularly as well. This way your air will remain clean and dust free. Keeping your filter clean and debris free may also help keep the furnace filter from catching on fire. Many fires have started from filters that were ignited because they were covered in flammable dust. Cleaning or replacing your filters regularly will help make your home safer. You should also clean or replace the filter to avoid having allergens in your home. By cleaning the filter the air will be cleaner and your family may be less likely to get the case of the sniffles.

Have chimney swept

If you have a chimney you will want it to be cleaned every year. This way your chimney will be free of the harmful creosote that builds up over time. Creosote is highly flammable and can light a house on fire in a matter of minutes. If you have a chimney you will need to hire a chimney cleaner once a year to avoid such a deadly possibility.

Invest in good outdoor tools

It is a great idea that you invest in good quality outdoor tools. This way when you need to shovel two feet of snow you will be ready and will not sprain your back. You should also invest in a high quality broom. Then you can sweep away light snow instead of bringing out the shovel. You may also want to get a few bags of kitty litter to create traction on your driveway and sidewalks. It is cheap, affordable, and much more eco-friendly than salt or snow melt.

Make a Power Outage Kit

While we may not think of it, there are plenty of times throughout winter where the power does out. Making a power outage kit can give you and your family a bit of relief if and when the power goes out and the cold begins creeping into your house. Here are a few things you may want to keep in your kit:

  1. Generator
  2. Batteries
  3. Flashlights
  4. Candles
  5. Matches
  6. Nonperishable food
  7. Three Days worth of water
  8. Heat-saving blankets
  9. Hand or solar powered space heaters
  10. First Aid kit

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com