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Aardvark Newsletter No. 52
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Inside this issue:                                                      
  • Getting prepared for WINTER
  • Furnace Inspections
  • Fireplaces
  • Gutters
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Prepare an Emergency Kit
 
 
 
1) Furnace Inspection
  • Call an HVAC professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts.
  • Stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly.
  • Consider switching out your thermostat for a programmable thermostat.
  • If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them.
  • Remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.
2) Get the Fireplace Ready
  • Cap or screen the top of the chimney to keep out rodents and birds.
  • If the chimney hasn't been cleaned for a while, get a chimney sweep to remove soot and creosote.
  • Buy firewood or chop wood. Store it in a dry place away from the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect the fireplace damper for proper opening and closing.
  • Check the mortar between bricks and tuckpoint, if necessary.
3) Inspect Roof, Gutters & Downspouts
  • If your weather temperature will fall below 32 degrees in the winter, adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams.
  • Check flashing to ensure water cannot enter the home.
  • Replace worn roof shingles or tiles.
  • Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.
  • Consider installing leaf guards on the gutters or extensions on the downspouts to direct water away from the home.
4) Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Some cities require a smoke detector in every room.
  • Buy extra smoke detector batteries and change them when daylight savings ends.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector near your furnace and / or water heater.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work.
  • Buy a fire extinguisher or replace an extinguisher older than 10 years.
5) Prepare an Emergency Kit
  • Buy indoor candles and matches / lighter for use during a power shortage.
  • Find the phone numbers for your utility companies and tape them near your phone or inside the phone book.
  • Buy a battery back-up to protect your computer and sensitive electronic equipment.
  • Store extra bottled water and non-perishable food supplies (including pet food, if you have a pet), blankets and a first-aid kit in a dry and easy-to-access location.
  • Prepare an evacuation plan in the event of an emergency.
 
This week I just wanted to touch base on preparing for winter. These 5 basic steps will insure that you and your family are safe this winter. EVERYONE should take advantage of the nice weather and get your home ready. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful week. Check back next week for the weekly newsletter!!!!
 
Sincerely,
Aardvark Residential and Commercial Services Inc.
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