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Winter is coming! Winter is coming!

South Jersey went from what felt like a midsummer heatwave to a winter blast in a matter of days! Normally, we begin with opening some windows to allow that refreshing fall breeze to enter our homes and send a breath of the new season long awaited. But unfortunately, some of us felt obliged to crank up the heat right away, allowing those pesky dust mites and germs that have been hibernating since last season full access to circulate throughout our home.

What we can take from this is that seasons have been increasingly unpredictable and that it’s important that we are prepared for the colder seasons. There is nothing worse than having your heater or chimney malfunction at the dead of winter. You can increase your chances of not having such luck but anticipating abnormal seasonal changes as well as preparing your home.

Here are a few tips to prepare your home for the dramatic seasonal shifts we can expect.

Tune up your heater

Make sure your heating system is clean and in top-notch condition. Paying an expert to double check your system and look into things you may not have thought of, such as carbon monoxide leakage, can prevent you from scrambling during the coldest time of the year.

Clean your gutters

Water melt from snow can damage roofs, siding, and wood-trim as well as cause leaks. Make sure to clean your gutters or have an expert do it for you to prevent winter damage.

Disconnect garden hoses

Undrained water remaining in pipes can freeze, which increases the chances of your pipes bursting. By disconnecting your garden hoses and turning off the valves inside your home, you decrease these chances.

Clean your chimney

Before you turn on your fireplace or anything other heating appliance that burns oil, gas, wood, or coal, make sure the vents are clean. This will help prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide from leaking throughout your home.

Stock cold weather essentials

Make sure you get salt and ice melt ahead of time so you are not slipping and falling in your driveway on your way to the car to get some. As most of us know, that stuff sells out fast! Don’t wait for the snow to fall, because you could fall.

Clean your air ducts

Your heater has been sitting around since last season, not being touched and collecting harmful debris. By cleaning your air ducts, you can prevent these allergens from circulating throughout your home during flu season when its on full blast.

Remember, it’s better to be proactive than reactive. It’s always best practice to spend a little money being prepared for the worst, than spending an arm and a leg in the thick of the worst.

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