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As the days are growing shorter and the outside temperatures are slowly starting to drop, these changes serve as reminders to make sure we are ready for the cooler temperatures ahead. Before the cold weather sets in, it’s a good idea to take some time and start preparing your Woodbridge, Virginia, home during fall.

Outdoors

As freezing temperatures approach, empty your hoses, spigots, and other outdoor tools that use water so residual water won’t freeze and damage your equipment. Grab your ladder or hire someone to clean the gutters. You can install gutter guards to keep them free of leaves. Gutters and downspouts must be free of obstructions to manage water runoff and direct it away from your home’s foundation and walkways.

Most plants are not designed to survive winter temperatures for long periods of time, so bring in flower pots and bulbs to protect them from harsh weather. Check your trees for limbs that may fall in a storm. Have any dead or potentially damaging limbs removed. Rake leaves and put them in your compost pile or bag them for disposal.

Indoors

It’s also important to check inside your home so that you’ll stay warm and comfortable all winter long. Check your doors and windows for any drafts that will prevent proper heating of your home. Have leaks and cracks sealed to keep cold drafts out of your home. Have an HVAC repair technician come out and do a routine check on your furnace to make sure it will run smoothly. Regularly changing or cleaning your furnace filter will help ensure a long-lasting system.

Get Out Winter Equipment

Be sure to pull out any special equipment you use in the winter, from space heaters to blankets to winter bedding. Check to make sure your snow blower works and that you have an extra can of gas.

Being prepared for winter will make sure you don’t get any nasty surprises and can remain comfortable in your home. For all of your HVAC needs, you can make an appointment with Brennan’s Heating & Air Conditioning by calling 703-763-0399.

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