· Turn off and drain any irrigation systems that you have that will freeze
· Remove any attached hoses and store them away for the winter to prevent cracks, preserve their shapes, and prolong their life. Wrap outside faucets with covers to prevent water damage.
· Make sure that your fireplace chimney has been cleaned and inspected before using it for the first time each season. Check to make sure that the damper is closed when not in use to control drafts.
· Clean or replace the air filter in your furnace each month for maximum efficiency and improved indoor air quality.
· Change the batteries and check that smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
· Make sure fans are switched to the reverse or clockwise position, which will blow warm air down to the floor for enhanced energy efficiency and comfort.
· For extreme cold snaps, open the cabinet doors underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and leave a faucet dripping over night to prevent freezing.
· Make sure that your thermostat is set for proper heat control in your home and never leave your heat lower than 55 degrees during the winter even if you are not at home to prevent frozen pipes and water damage.
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