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Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for Fall and Winter

As fall fully sets in and temperatures begin dropping, it’s time to start pulling out your sweaters, perfecting your hot chocolate recipe, and getting your home ready for Winter.

Here are a few tips to prepare your home for the cooler months:

Inspect windows
Windows with leaks or cracks will quickly let cold air into your home. If you notice a significant draft, please let us know and one of our awesome technicians will check it out.

Test your HVAC system before you need to use it
You’re probably already running your heater and it’s likely working well. However, if you notice any issues, it’s best to let us know right away so we can look into it before the temperatures drop and an emergency arises.
Please note, you may have noticed a mild burning smell the first couple times you ran the heater. That’s very common and the result of dust that has collected on the unit coils during the summer. If the problem persists, however, please let us know.

Maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
To keep your family safe, check batteries once a month and change them when needed. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends replacing batteries twice a year.

Let us know about overhanging trees
Maintaining your landscaping is just as important in the winter months as it is in the summer. Overgrown trees and branches can easily break with the weight of snow, causing potential damage to your home and property.

Adjust your thermostat
The best part of winter is being able to turn off your air conditioning! As such, you’ll want to turn up the temperature on your thermostat to a comfortable level. This will also help with electricity bills.

Prevent pipes from freezing
Cold temperatures can creep farther into your home than you realize and water pipes in the walls are especially vulnerable.  To keep your pipes from freezing, please remember to keep your thermostat set on at least 65°F, even when you aren’t home. Not adequately heating your home could cause frozen and broken pipes, which can lead to floods.  We also recommend letting a faucet trickle overnight, during extremely cold temperatures to keep water flowing through the pipes.  Exterior faucets can be quickly and easily insulated using a hard faucet cover, available at any home improvement store for less than $5.

Create a mudroom
Design a DIY mudroom area, complete with an indoor/outdoor rug, coat rack and shoe rack so you can trap mud and snow before it makes its way on your floors. We’ve pinned over two dozen DIY mudroom and entryway designs to our Pinterest board to help get your creative juices flowing!

We hope you enjoy this winter in your warm and cozy Progress home! If you have any questions or need to let us know about any issues, you can call us at 833.PRG.RESS (833.774.7377) or place a service request online by clicking here.

 

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