Falling Back this Weekend Shouldn’t Be the Only Thing on Your To-Do List

By: Kerri Roeder, Agency Licensing & Appointment Coordinator

It’s that time of year again, time to turn the clocks back and time to check those smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Ready. Break! Oh, hold up there just a minute. There are other areas in our homes that need a little special attention for the upcoming season.

When I became a homeowner, I didn’t give a second thought to all the things that my Dad told me I “should be doing” in preparation for the colder weather. Well that all changed when I started working in insurance and heard about the claims. Below are a few things that I do around the house to prepare for the cold weather

Replace those filters. Cleaning your HVAC filters not only keeps the air you breathe clear and fresh, but it also helps your HVAC system run better.

Frozen the movie. Yes. Frozen pipes. No. Prevent frozen pipes by draining and turning off all outside faucets. When turning off the faucets for the season make sure to get all the remaining water out. Just a small amount of water can cause a large problem.

Change of direction. Something as simple as reversing the direction of your ceiling fan can save some green and keep you warmer. It is recommended that fan blades be run clockwise during colder months to draw warmer air down and then turn counterclockwise in warmer months. Get that ladder!

Call in the professionals. Fall is a great time to call your local HVAC company to schedule an appointment to give your heating system the once over. Technicians will typically inspect and clean your heating system, as well as, listen to any concerns that you have. An unkept HVAC system will not only increase your heating expenses, but could also lead to an unexpected night without heat.

Get that Chimney Swept. There is nothing like enjoying a chilly, fall night with a cup of tea next to the fire. Keep that fire a relaxing one by getting your chimney swept by a professional chimney sweep on a regular basis.

In addition to the cold weather suggestions above, it may be helpful to get into a routine of checking a few areas at each time change.

Are you ready for this? Restock your existing emergency preparedness kit or make one with your family. Preparing for the unknown will give you the peace of mind that all necessities are in one place in the time of need. gov has an Emergency Supply List to utilize when creating and or restocking your kit.  KIT

Check those Fire Extinguishers. Ready.gov suggests that you have one or more ABC type fire extinguishers on hand. If you are unsure of how to use a fire extinguisher, your local fire station is a great resource.

Old Reliable. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  Checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is one of the easiest ways to prevent a catastrophe.

So, get ready for this winter and set a calendar reminder to change your clocks for daylight saving time on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2:00 am. Ready, Break.