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Easy Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

As the final days of fall fade away, 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. A sure sign of a leak is condensation building in between the glass. This can often leave window looking dirty or fogged. Contact your local Property Management Team to have a technician sent out to repair this problem.

Test your HVAC system before you need to use it
Now is the best time to request a check of your HVAC system. If there is a problem, your local Property Management Team can resolve the problem before the temperatures drop and an emergency situation arises. If there isn’t, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for winter.

Please note, it is common for a mild burning smell to arise from vents the first time you turn on the heating system. This is simply dust that has collected on the unit coils during the summer. If the problem persists, contact your Property Management Team.

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.

Trim 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.

Prepare for extended vacations
Before you leave your home, be sure to unplug electronics, lock all doors, ask a neighbor or friend to check your mail, and adjust your thermostat. It’s important not to turn off your heat as this could cause your pipes to freeze or burst.

If you have any questions, please contact your local property management team. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook for additional tips.

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