SEAL YOUR HOME Begin checking that your home is sealed properly by walking around the house to ensure every window is closed and locked. You can also purchase an insulation kit that allows you to put a protective film over your windows. You can also seal your doors by placing self-stick foam around the doorframes. Also, another easy way to weatherproof is to place a door sweep at the bottom of the frame between the door and the floor. Make sure storm door chains, if present, are attached on any storm doors.

PREVENT FROZEN PIPES Make sure the heat never goes below 50 degrees, even when you are not home. During periods of cold weather, leave the doors open on kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets so pipes will be exposed to the heat. Allow water to trickle, especially at night when the temperatures drop. Please let us know when you go on vacation so we can check your rental during a sudden freeze. We also want to be able to reach you in case of an emergency. Sprinkler systems should be shut off and drained. Detach garden hoses from outside spigots, drain and store.

HEATING & COOLING SYSTEMS Replace the A/C and furnace filters EVERY 60 days and open/clear vents. It will make a big difference in your bill. Test your alarms, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and refresh batteries if needed. You may want to buy a small fire extinguisher for your kitchen and garage.

IMPROVE HEAT FLOW If you have ceiling fans in your home, reverse their spin direction to increase energy efficiency and comfort. This adjustment pushes the air up against the ceiling and down the walls, gently recirculating warm air without creating a cooling wind effect. Arrange furniture in a way that does not block floor and wall vents. If your furniture seems to be obstructing heat flow, consider reorganizing the room layout for the colder seasons.

EXTERIOR PREPARATION Replace light bulbs on exterior light fixtures. Stock up on ice melt to dissolve ice and snow on sidewalks and steps. Know where your water main is located in case you need to shut it off in emergencies.

We greatly appreciate your efforts in helping to make sure your residence is kept as warm and as safe as possible during the upcoming winter months.