Man-with-Baby“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Benjamin Franklin

While this quote is centuries old, it is as relevant today as it was when Benjamin Franklin first spoke these words. When it comes to preparing for winter, preparation is key to saving you valuable time and expense. Our home is usually the single largest expenditure in life.  A well cared for home, ensures your family’s safety and comfort.

Here a few home preparation tips to ensure you and your home are ready for winter.

  1. Have your home heating system serviced. Call 336.297.9922 and schedule your appointment.
  2. Change your filters regularly.
  3. Check windows for air leaks and caulk where necessary. On older homes, consider storm windows to help prevent loss of heat.
  4. Change window treatments to heavier drapes or curtains to help prevent heat escaping through your windows.
  5. Install door sweeps at bottom of doors.
  6. Thoroughly drain all outdoor hoses, store in a dry area and insulate external faucets.
  7. Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test detectors monthly.
  8. Clear and clean gutters to prevent water and ice build-up, both of which can cause significant damage to your home.
  9. Stock up on winter essentials such as a snow shovel, rock salt, gloves and an emergency car kit.
  10. Have your lawn aerated, fertilized and seeded. Continue to mow into late Fall when the grass quits growing.
  11. Have your wood stove, fireplace and chimneys serviced.
  12. For more winter heating tips visit our resource page.

While the list of to-dos often seems endless, being prepared for the change in seasons will provide you with peace of mind.

If you or someone you know is in need of Heating Assistance, visit NC Health and Human Services for energy assistance.