The temperatures are quickly dropping in Massachusetts. If you haven’t already prepared your home for winter, this weekend would be the perfect time to get things done. Here’s a quick MA home winterization checklist to get you started.
The weather has been confusing this month, so you’ve probably switched back and forth from heating to air conditioning. It’s safe to say that we won’t have any more summer like days. So, take this time to turn off your air conditioning. If you have an outdoor unit, there is normally an off switch somewhere. This prevents the A/C from accidentally being turned on in the winter, where the cold weather could damage your system.
Since heat will be the norm from this point forward, be sure to have your system serviced by a licensed contractor. This ensures that it’s working properly and will be ready for those very cold days to come. It’s best to test your system now to ensure it works.
Wood-burning Fireplaces and Stoves
Before you start using your wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, it’s a good idea to clean them out. Built up soot and other residue can be a fire and carbon monoxide hazard. Also check for birds’ nests and other animals such as squirrels both inside the chimney and near any openings. You certainly wouldn’t want any surprises when you start up your first fire, so always include this on your MA home winterization checklist.
Prevent Freezing Pipes
Temperatures are already reaching the freezing point at night. It’s time to bring in all of your garden hoses, turn off water sources to outdoor spigots, and flush out any exterior water lines (such as sprinklers). If other pipes within your home are prone to freezing, stop by the local hardware store to purchase some pipe insulation. They are inexpensive and easy to install. Preventing freezing pipes is one of the most important items on your MA home winterization checklist.
Bring in Furniture
Outdoor furniture is expensive. It’s best to put them in storage rather than leaving them out in the elements. Freezing temperatures, snow, and wind can really do damage to them. If you don’t have a good storage location, consider purchasing furniture covers or outdoor storage bins for them.